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).
Dorian Finney-Smith signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent on July 8, 2016, and re-signed with the franchise on July 11, 2019.
Finney-Smith (6-7, 220) holds career averages of 7.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 25.8 minutes per game in 314 games (202 starts) with the Mavericks. He led the team in games played in both 2016-17 and 2018-19, appearing in 81 games both years (his 81 appearances in 2016-17 marked the most by an undrafted rookie in franchise history).
The 3-and-D wing averaged 9.8 points (.472 FG%, .394 3FG%) and 5.4 rebounds per game in 2020-21, setting new career highs in scoring, field goal percentage and 3-point percentage for the fifth straight year to begin his career. He also shot a career-high 75.6 percent from the free throw line and averaged a career-high 1.7 assists per game.
A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, Finney-Smith played his final three collegiate seasons at Florida after transferring from Virginia Tech following his freshman campaign. He became the first Florida player to join the 1,000-point club after transferring to the school (finished with 1,220 career points at UF). As a senior in 2015-16, Finney-Smith averaged 14.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 36 games for the Gators en route to being named Second Team All-SEC by the coaches and Third Team All-SEC by the Associated Press.