No. 2: Dorian Finney-Smith, Brooklyn Nets
Luka Doncic’s former running mate Dorian Finney-Smith could be a great solution for the Cavaliers at the starting three spot. Deciding between Royce O’Neale and Finney-Smith as the best target was no easy decision, considering both of their suitability for Cleveland. In the end, DFS has a size advantage but does not have the long range capabilities that O’Neale brings to the roster.
Choosing between the two wings might not be necessary, though, as a Fanspo NBA Trade Machine concept has Cleveland landing both talents in a user-generated trade proposal.
As for the value Finney-Smith brings Cleveland, it goes beyond his shooting splits or defensive rating. In fact, Royce O’Neale edges past Finney-Smith in shooting, as DFS only made 33.7% of his long range attempts last season. DFS’ defensive rating has been below league average for most of his career but has never been horrendous.
What sets Finney-Smith apart is the constant praise he received from megastar Luka Doncic. When given the chance, DFS can light it up from three as well as offer staggering defense. He has been missed by the Mavericks faithful ever since his departure, and he would likely make for a terrific addition in Cleveland’s starting five.
After being traded from the Mavericks to the Nets as the key factor in the Kyrie Irving trade, Finney-Smith might not be an easy get for the Cavaliers. He is clearly a coveted asset, but he is also older than the expected Nets timeline.
With such high praise for DFS, who took his spot at number one?