Finney-Smith Gets His Shot With The Mavericks

LSU v Florida

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The Dallas Mavericks continue to work on beefing up their roster, signing free agent Dorian Finney-Smith Friday to a partially guaranteed three-year deal.

Finney-Smith went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft and will try to win a spot on the Mavericks roster by competing on the Summer League team and training camp.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward led the Florida Gators in rebounding in all three season at the school and also led the team in scoring in each of his final two seasons. Finney-Smith became the first Florida player to join the 1,000-point club after transferring in from another school, leaving Virginia Tech after his freshman year. In 134 career collegiate games, he averaged 10.7 points and 7.1 rebounds.

Finney-Smith may be at his best in catch-and-shoot situations and looks like a rhythm shooter, especially behind the three-point arc. His three-point presence allows him to use his shot fakes well, with 31.6% of his offense coming from spot up.

Finney-Smith also likes to face up on the wing, allowing him to drive towards the basket or drain the jump shot over his defender.

On defense, Finney-Smith has the profile to be solid. Not only was he an excellent rebounder at Florida, but also defended multiple positions. Finney-Smith doesn’t get a lot of steals or blocks, but has the length and mobility to cover ground and make plays.

The Mavericks begin NBA Summer League action Saturday in Las Vegas.

Written by C. James


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