Internal way Dallas Mavericks can improve this offseason: 5. Finney-Smith grows
Doe-Doe has made massive improvements throughout his NBA career. His scoring, minutes, assists, and 3-point percentage have steadily climbed in his first six seasons. Finney-Smith went undrafted in 2016 and had to fight his way onto the Mavericks roster during training camp as a rookie. He was a raw 6’7 wing that shot below 30 percent from 3-point range in his first two seasons.
Finney-Smith has become one of the league’s best and most underrated 3-and-D wings. He shot 39.5 percent from 3-point range this season, and the 29-year-old is tasked with guarding the opposition’s best scorer every night. Doe-Doe is one of the hardest workers on the team, and it shows in his yearly improvements.
Head coach Jason Kidd has helped Finney-Smith take his game to another level. He became a true lockdown defender last season as the Mavericks had a top-ten defense. Kidd encouraged Doe-Doe to handle the ball more and attack closeouts. The 6’7 forward is still best as a spot-up shooter, but his ability off the dribble is improving.
Fans can bet Finney-Smith is working on his ball-handling and how to make the defense pay if they close out hard. Adding those elements makes the 29-year-old even more dangerous as his four-year extension kicks in next season.