Why Dallas Mavericks must extend Dorian Finney-Smith: 4. Work ethic
There may not be a harder worker on the Mavs than Finney-Smith. He undrafted out of the University of Florida in 2016 and came to Dallas on a training camp invite. Fast forward to now and the 28-year-old is a locked-in starter and crucial rotation piece for a team that has made two straight postseason appearances.
Fans have been able to see the improvement every year. As a rookie, Doe-Doe averaged just 20.3 minutes per game and shot 37.2 percent from the field. He came back in year two slightly better, despite being hampered by a knee injury that limited him to just 21 games. Finney-Smith made strides and solidified his place in the rotation in his third season. He became an above-average 3-point shooter in the 2019-2020 campaign and last season Doe-Doe vaulted into an elite floor spacer.
Finney-Smith has made steady improvement in his game across the board. He has become one of the best offensive rebounding wings in the league, and Doe-Doe is no stranger to guarding the other team’s top scorer every night.
His work ethic and constant improvement should make it easier for the Dallas Mavericks to extend him. Dorian Finney-Smith outperformed his last contract, and he is likely to do the same with his next one because he is just entering his prime and never stops getting better.