Why Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith is underrated: 3. Versatility
Finney-Smith can guard any player on the floor. The five players he matched up against most this season are Brandon Ingram, Jayson Tatum, Chris Paul, DeMar DeRozan, and Damian Lillard. The Mavs are never afraid to put him at the point of attack or on the opposition’s top scorer. Coach Rick Carlisle even used Doe-Doe on Karl-Anthony Towns in past seasons. Few players in the league have the versatility to guard any player on the court.
The addition of Josh Richardson has allowed Dallas to switch more on the defensive end this season. That would not be possible without Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber playing the forward spots for the Mavericks.
Dallas can play Doe-Doe any position too. They have used him as a small-ball five in past seasons. This year with the addition of Willie Cauley-Stein, the Mavericks have not needed Finney-Smith at center. He has played the three and the four exclusively. Finney-Smith spaces the floor and leads the Mavericks defense. He is a valuable addition to any lineup and gives coach Carlisle plenty of options.
Dorian Finney-Smith does not just have versatility on the defensive end of the floor, but he often has to sacrifice on offense for the Dallas Mavericks to be at their best.
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