The Dallas Mavericks made some noise this offseason, both positive and negative. While they did lose Jalen Brunson to the New York Knicks, Luka Doncic and Co. managed to sign two bigs in JaVale McGee and Christian Wood, with the latter coming over to the Mavs in a trade with the Houston Rockets. There is no question both of these players will make the Mavericks’ frontcourt much better and Dorian Finney-Smith recently discussed how excited he is to see them take the floor next season.
“Now I feel like we’re going to take a huge leap in the rebounding department,” Dorian Finney-Smith said. “Hopefully they won’t take too many of my offensive rebounds.”
“I like to run in there and get a couple of tip dunks. Hopefully we’ll just be better in that area. We need that. I feel like we struggled on the backboards, so that’s going to be good, alongside with our defense.”
Dorian Finney-Smith also revealed how Wood is going to make the Mavs much more elite as a floor-spacer and pick-and-roll threat:
“Wood can shoot it, so I feel like he can space the floor and he can roll (to the basket on the pick-and-roll), too,” he said. “I feel like we just added another weapon.
“JaVale as well. He’s a great lob threat. And playing with (point guard) Luka (Doncic), I just think he’s going to make (McGee) look that much better.”
Dorian Finney-Smith and the Mavs ranked 24th in rebounds last season and were destroyed on the boards in the playoffs. Improving in that area was a major need this summer and needless to say, they addressed it.
It would be ideal for the Mavs to still find another guard to replace Brunson though because he was truly the second-best player on this roster behind Luka. But, the return of Tim Hardaway Jr should help.