Dorian Finney-Smith offers exactly what the Dallas Mavericks need
Finney-Smith offers exactly what the Mavs need. The 6’7 forward was the team’s best defender before the trade, and their defense was horrific after he joined the Nets. From Feb. 8 to the end of the regular season, Dallas allowed 118.5 points per 100 possessions, which would have been the third-worst mark over the full season. Only the rebuilding Spurs and Rockets would have been worse.
Finney-Smith also adds size. Dallas was small at every position after the trade, which attributed to their defense and rebounding woes. Adding a 6’7 wing with the versatility and ability to switch would do wonders for their defense.
Doe-Doe is the perfect fit next to Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving because he is going to be a hard-nosed defender that does not command the ball. Over his final three full seasons in Dallas, Finney-Smith averaged 10.2 points per game on 47.0 percent shooting from the field and 38.9 percent on his threes. He is comfortable and confident as a spot-up shooter, and the Mavs superstar duo will draw defenders away.
Dorian Finney-Smith is the perfect on-court fit in Dallas, but that is not the only reason that the Mavericks should bring him back.