The Dallas Mavericks have been disrespected plenty this offseason, despite reaching the Western Conference Finals last season. They got the worst mark in Kevin Pelton’s offseason grades, but that was just the beginning.
Dorian Finney-Smith is a criminally underrated player. Casual NBA fans have likely never heard of the 6’7 forward, despite him going from undrafted in 2016 to key starter on a conference finalist. Finney-Smith locked down Donovan Mitchell in the first round of the playoffs, and he just keeps getting better.
HoopsHype ranked the top players at every position, and Doe-Doe cracked the top 25 at power forward, but sadly he still did not get the respect he deserves. Here is a look at the rankings, and more on where Finney-Smith belongs.
Dorian Finney-Smith ranked among NBA’s best power forwards: Still disrespected
Finney-Smith ranked 23rd in HoopsHype’s rankings, but it was a bit odd. Yes, he primarily played power forward in the playoffs, but Doe-Doe is more of a three.
HoopsHype ranked him behind rookie Jabari Smith Jr., who has not played one second in the NBA, Wendell Carter Jr., and Cam Johnson among others. None of those players provide the defensive impact Finney-Smith does, and their offensive games are not enough better to warrant them ranking over the Mavericks forward.
It would have been tougher for Finney-Smith to break into the small forward rankings, but he deserved to be a top 20 power forward. The 29-year-old will be the Mavericks' best perimeter defender again this season. Expect the 3-and-D wing to make a massive impact as the team looks to make another deep playoff run.
The Dallas Mavericks have 30 nationally televised games this season, so perhaps Dorian Finney-Smith will finally start getting the respect he deserves. He should garner votes for the All-Defensive team, and the 6’7 forward is likely to shoot north of 40 percent from 3-point range this season. Discount him at your own risk.