Dorian Finney-Smith
Dorian Finney-Smith
25-Year-Old ForwardF
Dallas Mavericks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After a promising rookie season, Finney-Smith dealt with tendinitis in his left knee, which ended up costing him all but 21 games in 2017-18. It was a disappointing development for a player that was hoping to earn a bigger role in the rotation. When Finney-Smith took the floor, he averaged 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 three-pointer across 21.3 minutes, all of which were fairly similar to a year prior. He did shoot just 29.9 percent from three-point land though, so no improvement was made after going 29.3 percent as a rookie. Looking forward to the upcoming campaign, the Mavericks added Luka Doncic with the third overall pick in the draft and he's likely to get big minutes on the wing right away. In addition, Dallas brings back the likes of Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes, so minutes are going to be hard to come by. When considering the crowded depth chart, as well as the fact that tendinitis can resurface at any point in time, Finney-Smith will likely be an avoidable option for Fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $3.4 million contract with the Mavericks in July of 2016.
Moves to bench
FDallas Mavericks
March 19, 2019
Finney-Smith played 32 minutes and finished with five points (2-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt), three assists, two blocks, two rebounds and one steal Monday in the Mavericks' 129-125 overtime loss to the Pelicans.
With Luka Doncic (back) returning from a one-game absence, Finney-Smith transitioned back into a bench role but didn't see a notable drop in playing time. Aside from the defensive categories, however, Finney-Smith didn't bring much production to the table during his extensive time on the court. Finney-Smith is averaging just 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.3 minutes per game over his last six contests, numbers that don't warrant ownership in the majority of fantasy leagues.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
An undrafted free agent out of Florida, Finney-Smith surprisingly earned a spot on the Mavericks' regular-season roster, playing in 81-of-82 games. He averaged a respectable 20.3 minutes per game, but he translates more as a defensive stopper than anything, which resulted in Finney-Smith averaging just 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. He struggled with his three-point shot, going just 29.3 percent from deep, so he's not considered a legit three-and-D option quite yet. Looking ahead to the 2017-18 campaign, Finney-Smith should operate as a reserve at both forward spots. He could struggle to match his average of 20.3 minutes per game, though even if he did, it wouldn't mean much considering he's more of a defensive specialist. For that reason, Finney-Smith likely isn't someone to consider in Fantasy drafts.
Finney-Smith went undrafted out of Florida in June before signing a partially guaranteed training camp deal with the Mavericks. He's the prototypical 3-and-D wing, as he packs elite athleticism and a near-seven-foot wingspan to go with a 6-foot-8 frame. As a senior, Finney-Smith averaged 14.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists, while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from the three-point line. Still, questions remain about his fit at the NBA level, even after a strong performance at the NBA Combine in May. He'll face an uphill battle to cracking the Mavs' final roster, but the team has a few open spots, and Finney-Smith's defensive abilities could confer him an advantage.
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Steps up offensive production
FDallas Mavericks
March 17, 2019
Finney-Smith furnished 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt), six rebounds, six assists and one block across 35 minutes in the Mavericks' 121-116 win over the Cavaliers on Saturday.
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Not in starting lineup
FDallas Mavericks
March 14, 2019
Finney-Smith will move to the bench for Thursday's game against Denver, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Plays 35 minutes in Tuesday's loss
FDallas Mavericks
March 12, 2019
Finney-Smith finished with eight points (3-5 FG, 2-4 3Pt), seven rebounds, and four assists in 35 minutes during Tuesday's 112-105 loss to the Spurs.
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Starting Wednesday
FDallas Mavericks
March 6, 2019
Finney-Smith will start Wednesday's game against the Wizards, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports
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Heads to bench Wednesday
FDallas Mavericks
February 27, 2019
Finner-Smith will come off the bench for Wednesday's tilt with Indiana, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
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