Dorian Finney-Smith

Dorian Finney-Smith

30-Year-Old ForwardF
Brooklyn Nets  NBA  
Brooklyn Nets
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Est. Return 10/1/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Finney-Smith has been a reliable option in Dallas over the last few years, but joining Brooklyn was terrible for his fantasy value. The forward was locked into a 35-minute role for that short Mavericks rotation but is battling numerous wings in Brooklyn for minutes. Ben Simmons, Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson, Cam Thomas, Royce O'Neale and Lonnie Walker are all expected to get wing minutes this year, and that's way too many cooks in the kitchen. What's made Finney-Smith so valuable is his 35-minute role, but there's little chance he cracks 30 minutes with all of this depth. He wouldn't be a fantasy-relevant player in that type of role, averaging 9.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.0 threes across 32 minutes a night over the last three years. Those are borderline averages from a fantasy-relevant player, but he wasn't the same after the trade from Dallas. In his 26 games with Brooklyn, Finney-Smith averaged 7.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks across 28 minutes a night. That sort of line would keep him on every waiver wire, and that looks like the most likely scenario unless this team shortens their rotation or moves some players. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $40.18 million contract extension with the Mavericks in February of 2022. Traded to the Nets in February of 2023. 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.

Undergoes finger surgery
FBrooklyn Nets
Finger
April 26, 2023
Finney-Smith underwent a procedure Wednesday to correct a fracture of the right fifth finger but is expected to be cleared for offseason workouts in six weeks, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports
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Though it's unclear exactly when Finney-Smith sustained the injury, it's certainly possible he had been playing through the issue for a portion of the season. He's expected to be fully cleared in about six weeks and should be available for offseason workouts.
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How does Dorian Finney-Smith compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
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    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
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    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
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55.7%
 
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54.0%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
70.0%
 
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12.9%
 
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6.0%
 
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11.1%
 
Total Rebound %
8.5%
 
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6.3%
 
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1.3%
 
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1.4%
 
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8.5%
 
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13.9%
 
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Could join Lakers via trade
FBrooklyn Nets
June 22, 2023
Finney-Smith is one of several players the Lakers are looking to acquire in case they decide to trade the 17th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, according to Jovan Buha of The Athletic.
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The Lakers have yet to decide what they'll do with their first-round pick, but packaging it with players such as Malik Beasley and/or Mo Bamba to acquire a starting-level player isn't out of the question. Under that scenario, Finney-Smith is one of the players Los Angeles would be interested in getting in return. Finney-Smith would provide some much-needed outside shooting, and he's a good defender. He averaged 8.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in 2022-23, but he's also a 35.7 percent three-point shooter throughout his career.
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Finney-Smith continues to be one of the better undrafted development stories in the NBA. After going unselected in the 2016 NBA Draft, he's been making steady improvement with Dallas each season. Last year was no exception, as he claimed his best per-game fantasy rank (117). His stats don't jump off the page, but he's been great as a three-and-D option, registering 2.2 threes and 1.6 combined steals-plus-blocks per game. Also, in his 33.1 minutes, he averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists -- the points, assists, steals and threes all represented career marks. His 59.5 effective field-goal percentage ranked 11th in the NBA, fueled by a 47.1 percent mark from the field and 39.5 percent from deep. Fantasy managers should expect more of the same from Finney-Smith this season. Dallas is a relatively shallow roster, so despite the frontcourt addition of Christian Wood, Finney-Smith could still see 30 minutes per game. His role shouldn't change much. He's a catch-and-shoot player, and nearly all his baskets (88 percent) are assisted. That won't change with Luka Doncic running the show. Fantasy managers in standard leagues who need some bench production can turn to Finney-Smith at the end of drafts, but his upside remains extremely low. He's better suited for deeper leagues.
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.
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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Barely a whimper in loss
FBrooklyn Nets
April 22, 2023
Finney-Smith chipped in eight points (3-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt), one rebound, one assist, one block and one steal across 19 minutes during Saturday's 96-88 loss to Philadelphia in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
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Not listed on injury report
FBrooklyn Nets
April 14, 2023
Finney-Smith (wrist) isn't listed on the Nets' injury report ahead of Saturday's Game 1 against Philadelphia, Alec Sturm of NetsDaily.com reports.
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Out Sunday
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Wrist
April 8, 2023
Finney-Smith will not play in Sunday's game against Philadelphia due to right wrist injury management, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
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Upgraded to available
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April 7, 2023
Finney-Smith (wrist) is available for Friday's game against the Magic, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
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Officially probable for Friday
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Wrist
April 6, 2023
Finney-Smith (wrist) is listed as probable for Friday's game versus the Magic.
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