Case against the Dallas Mavericks trading Dorian Finney-Smith
The Mavs have tried to put shooting and defense around superstar Luka Doncic since acquiring Kristaps Porzingis back in 2019. Over the last three seasons combined, Finney-Smith has shot 38.4 percent from 3-point range over 810 attempts, and he has consistently been the team’s best perimeter defender. He is the type of player Dallas wants playing next to Luka.
Finney-Smith is a hard worker that keeps improving his game. He went undrafted in 2016 out of the University of Florida and fought his way onto the Mavericks roster during training camp. Doe-Doe transformed from a non-shooting threat to a 38 percent marksman. He worked his way from 20 minutes per game as a rookie to a starting role averaging 32.2 minutes a night. The 28-year-old still has some room to grow, and he is not going to stop working to get there.
Finney-Smith’s defensive versatility will be impossible to replace if they lose him in free agency. The 6’7 forward can guard any player one through four, and he is going to make them work. Doe-Doe is not a true defensive stopper, but he is an above-average defender with size and length.
Every team in the NBA wants a strong 3-and-D wing for their starting lineup, and the Dallas Mavericks have one in Dorian Finney-Smith.