Dorian Finney-Smith

Dorian Finney-Smith

29-Year-Old ForwardF
Dallas Mavericks
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Finney-Smith's development has been slow and steady, with the forward increasing his fantasy value for a fourth straight season last year. He ranked 132nd on a per-game basis behind 9.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 combined steals-plus-blocks in 32.0 minutes. His shooting splits of 47/39/76 resulted in a career-best 60.9 true-shooting percentage. He's almost exclusively a spot-up three-point shooter on offense (80 percent of his overall baskets are assisted), but he has an impressive offensive rebounding rate (1.8 ORB per 36 minutes) for his position and role. Heading into 2021-22, Finney-Smith has some competition for minutes. Dallas added Reggie Bullock -- another 3-and-D wing -- during the offseason. Bullock has a longer track record as a three-point marksman and notably hit 2.5 triples per game at 41.0 percent last season. That said, whether Finney-Smith starts or comes off the bench, he should still see minutes in the upper-20s. Plus, he has hidden upside due to Kristaps Porzingis' injury history. Fantasy managers in standard leagues can safely avoid Finney-Smith, but managers in deep leagues can grab him with a very late pick to secure someone with a relatively high floor. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $40.18 million contract extension with the Mavericks in February of 2022. Contract includes $15.38 million player option for 2025-26.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Dorian Lawrence Finney-Smith was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, to Desiree Finney-Jones. His brother, Ben Finney, played basketball at Old Dominion. Finney-Smith attended and played basketball for I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth. As a junior, he averaged 19.7 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks per game. The following season, he posted per-game averages of 18 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.8 blocks. Finney-Smith led his school to back-to-back Group AAA championships, as well as Eastern Region and District titles. He finished his high school career as a two-time VHSL Class AAA Player of the Year and first-team all-state, all-region, All-Tidewater and all-district. He also earned All-Tidewater Player of the Year as a junior and co-Player of the Year as a senior. In his brief time as an NBA player, Finney-Smith has found ways to give back to the community. He helped found the Finney Family First Foundation (https://www.instagram.com/finneyfamilyfoundation/) with the mission to "inspire the youth to become productive members of society by providing service to the community." For four consecutive years he has returned to to Portsmouth to host the foundation's annual Community Love Day. Finney-Smith has also given much of his time working with and inspiring youth in the Dallas area. Learn more about Finney-Smith by following him on Twitter (@doefinney_10). The collegiate career of Finney-Smith began at Virginia Tech so that the forward could stay in state to play hoops. He had a solid campaign for the Hokies with 6.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. However, he decided to transfer to Florida after coach Seth Greenberg was fired. He sat out the 2012-13 season before joining a team that would make its way to the Final Four. The 6-foot-8 forward came off the bench in support of Casey Prather and Patric Young and supplied 8.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest. He scored 16 points in the first-round win over Albany and snagged eight boards to help the Gators beat Pitt. Finney-Smith would blossom into a star in his junior and senior seasons, but he would not return to the Big Dance. He provided 13.1 points and 6.2 rebounds as a junior. The big man also hit 42.6 percent of his three-point attempts. The Gators finished 8-10 in the SEC in what would be Billy Donovan's final season. Coach Mike White took over in 2015-16 and Finney-Smith had eight double-doubles, but the Gator profile was not quite good enough to get back to the NCAA Tournament. The team won two games in the NIT and Finney-Smith had 16 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Ohio State.

All-around performance in loss
FDallas Mavericks
May 27, 2022
Finney-Smith ended with 13 points (6-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals in 39 minutes during Thursday's 120-110 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.
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Finney-Smith finished with at least 10 points, four rebounds and two assists for the third time during the series and for the seventh time during the postseason. The defensive-minded forward also registered multiple steals and at least one block in the same game for the first time since April 8. Across 18 playoff contests, Finney-Smith averaged 11.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 38.2 minutes per game.
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Re-signed long-term
FDallas Mavericks
February 11, 2022
Finney-Smith and Dallas have agreed to a four-year contract extension, via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
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Finney-Smith is having a slightly down year in terms of his scoring and efficiency metrics, but the 28-year-old is a valuable, versatile defender. He is also a strong fit next to Luka Doncic, as Finney-Smith ranks in the top-20 percent of players league-wide for points per possession in transition. Durable and signed through the end of his prime, he represents a long-term piece of Dallas' vision.
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Finney-Smith started a total of 74 games in his first three seasons in the league but started 68 last season while averaging 29.9 minutes of run -- well above his previous career high of 24.5. Playing the most significant role of his career, it's no surprise that he set plenty of personal bests, including average points (9.5), rebounds (5.7), assists (1.6) and blocks (0.5). Most of those can be attributed primarily to his larger workload, though he also posted a career high in points on a per-minute basis. How he got to those points was the most encouraging aspect of his season, as he shot a strong 37.6 percent from beyond the arc on 4.3 attempts per game, up from 30.3 on 2.8 over his first three seasons. If those gains stick, he'll be a legitimate 3-and-D role player going forward rather than the offensively limited option he was earlier in his career.
Finney-Smith will return to the Mavericks on a three-year, $12 million deal. The third-year forward averaged a career-high 7.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists with Dallas last season, logging 24.5 minutes per night in 81 appearances. After playing just 21 games the year prior due to tendonitis, it was encouraging to see Finney-Smith play the entire season -- the second time in three years he played at least 81 games. He's an above-average defender but a poor shooter, limiting his upside to rebounding and defensive stats. Though his minutes have increased in each of the past two seasons, he's likely to see those minutes go in the opposite direction, playing a backup forward role. Kristaps Porzingis should be healthy, and Tim Hardaway and Justin Jackson will be back to take playing time from Finney-Smith. He's not worth drafting in standard formats.
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.
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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Efficient performance in win
FDallas Mavericks
May 25, 2022
Finney-Smith posted 23 points (9-13 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds and two assists in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 119-109 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
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Lights-out from distance in win
FDallas Mavericks
May 8, 2022
Finney-Smith provided 24 points (8-13 FG, 8-12 3Pt), eight rebounds, one assist and one steal in 38 minutes during Sunday's 111-101 win over the Suns.
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Scores 15 points in Game 1 loss
FDallas Mavericks
May 2, 2022
Finney-Smith notched 15 points (5-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds and one steal in 40 minutes during Monday's 121-114 loss to Phoenix.
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Posts Game 6 double-double
FDallas Mavericks
April 29, 2022
Finney-Smith logged 18 points (7-13 FG, 4-9 3Pt), 10 rebounds and five assists over 46 minutes during Thursday's 98-96 victory over the Jazz.
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Chips in 13/5/4 line in rout
FDallas Mavericks
April 25, 2022
Finney-Smith racked up 13 points (4-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, four assists and one steal across 41 minutes during Monday's 102-77 win over the Jazz.
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