The Dallas Mavericks are arguably the hottest team in the NBA right now after winning 11 of their last 13 games. They have wins over the Warriors, Bulls, Nuggets, and Grizzlies during that stretch. The Mavs are now back up to fifth in the Western Conference and are a team no opponent is looking forward to facing.
First-year head coach Jason Kidd has empowered his players and helped them make a commitment to the defensive end of the floor. Only three teams have scored more than 100 points during their hot streak, and Dallas has the top defensive rating in the NBA since Dec. 1.
Luka Doncic is leading the way, but coach Kidd has Jalen Brunson playing the best basketball of his career. Brunson is not the only player breaking out as Dorian Finney-Smith has taken another step forward this season. Here is a look at how expanding his role has led to a breakout.
Dallas Mavericks help Dorian Finney-Smith breakout by expanding his role
Finney-Smith is at the center of the team’s defensive improvement. The 6’7 forward is the Mavs' top perimeter defender, and he draws the opposition’s toughest assignment on a nightly basis. The entire roster is putting more effort into their defense, which has helped Doe-Doe shine after years of being an underrated option.
Dorian Finney-Smith’s breakout comes on the heels of head coach Jason Kidd giving him an expanded offensive role. Here is a closer look at his increased responsibility and what to expect from the 28-year-old moving forward.