The Boston Celtics are currently in need of a good 3-and-D wing off of the bench capable of complementing their potential all-time great starting five. Boston has an amazing first five, but they still have weaknesses they need to address when it comes to their bench.
The Brooklyn Nets are not off to the worst start to the 2023-24 season by any stretch, but it’s not the longest shot that they’d be sellers at the trade deadline. If Brooklyn is going to become a seller, the Celtics must pursue Dorian Finney-Smith.
Over the last few years, DFS has proven himself to be a great defensive player and three-point shooter. The Portsmouth, Virginia native can come into the Celtics locker room and be a positive influence on, and an elite option to give a rest to, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Given his willingness to play center, he could also be a potential backup 5 as insurance for Kristaps Porzingis should his injury issues ever re-arise.
Boston Celtics fans would fall in love with Dorian Finney-Smith
Finney-Smith provides all of the intangibles that everyone in Boston, and Celtics admirers abroad, would love. His recent performance against the Cs on November 5 may have done a lot of the heavy lifting already.
With Boston needing to shore up their second unit and arguably not having a player who can defend top players and make big shots on it, sending out feelers for Finney-Smith is a must, since once the Celtics fill their bench needs they will be unstoppable.
And to be clear, Al Horford once filled that role admirably, but at the age of 37, it’s unfair to put too much of a regular season burden on the five-time All-Star.
With the goal being to get Banner 18 at the end of the season, Finney-Smith feels like the perfect fit for the Boston Celtics.