The Dallas Mavericks snapped their three-game losing streak last week when they took down the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. All-Star Luka Doncic put on a show as he poured in 73 points, the fourth most in NBA history. Another key victory included beating the Orlando Magic on Monday as the team bounced from a 16-point deficit. The Mavs have now gone 2-1 in their past three games.
However, with the team's recent success, Dallas still has some work to do if they hope to become a powerhouse in the Western Conference.
For starters, the team struggled mightily against the Sacramento Kings. On Saturday, Dallas allowed Sacramento to pull in 33 defensive rebounds and score 54 points inside the paint.
Dallas Mavericks among favorites to trade for Nets 3-and-D forward
One thing is clear for Dallas: the team must upgrade its frontcourt to make a deep playoff run. This all starts with the power forward position. Recently, the Mavs have looked at names such as P.J. Washington, Kyle Kuzma, and Jerami Grant.
The team has also shown interest in former fan-favorite Dorian Finney-Smith, and they have one of the top odds to land the power forward, assuming he does get traded.
According to Gambling.com, Dallas has +450 odds to land Doe Doe. This is the second-best odds assuming Finney-Smith gets traded and the third-best odds if he stays with the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn currently has the top odds to keep him at +150.
Bringing back Finney-Smith would solve some of the team's problems. For example, he's averaging 9.1 points per game and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 38.5 percent from the 3-point line. On Saturday, he helped the Nets pull off a stunning victory against the Houston Rockets. Against Houston, Finney-Smith poured in 19 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks while shooting 50 percent from downtown.
His aggressive style is what the team is missing. Pairing him next to Doncic and Kyrie Irving would give them an extra shooter and perimeter scorer who isn't afraid to attack the basket occasionally.
Finney-Smith would also help assist the team's defense. Dallas has the 22nd-worst defensive rating in the league. The former Mav could help solve the defensive woes as he can guard multiple positions. The power forward also registered one block in six of his past eight games.
Finney-Smith would be the exact player the team needs at the four. Mavs fans would love to have him back, and the team could desperately use him. So, is it possible a reunion could be in the works?
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