Winning is addicting.

And after Dorian Finney-Smith and the Dallas Mavericks came within one series of the NBA Finals, they are ready for more.

“The whole playoff experience was fun,” Finney-Smith said to on Friday. “I enjoyed it, I know everybody on the team enjoyed it, but we want more. I want to win the championship. That’s what I’m working for and that’s what everybody’s working for.”

Despite losing Jalen Brunson to the New York Knicks, Dallas has recouped by adding Christian Wood and bringing in a big body in JaVale McGee to offer insurance for one of Dallas’ weakest spots on the floor — the frontcourt. Finney-Smith, though pleased with what both McGee and Wood bring to the game, hopes his role doesn’t change too much moving forward.

“Now, I feel like we’re going to take a huge leap in the rebounding department,” Finney-Smith said of Christian Wood and JaVale McGee. “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 be better in that area. We need that. I feel like we struggled on the backboards, so, that’s going to be good, alongside our defense.”

Still optimistic about Dallas 

Losing Brunson was a big blow to Dallas’ backcourt. During the playoffs, he averaged 21 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18 games played. And without Luka Doncic at the start of the playoffs, Brunson took his game to another level.

However, in losing Brunson, Dallas still added size to a lineup that desperately needed it. Wood isn’t a defensive stalworth, but he has good rebounding instincts and decent shooting touch (39 percent). And McGee is someone who adds a rebounding prowess and lob-catching capabilities, opening up countless pick-and-roll possibilities for Doncic next season.

That is something Finney-Smith likes.

“Wood can shoot it, so I feel like he can space the floor and he can roll too,” he said. “I feel like we just added another weapon.”

Finney-Smith also added: “JaVale as well. He’s a great lob threat. And playing with Luka, I just think he’s going to make (McGee) look that much better.”

Winning is addicting. And after a summer spent thinking of how close he was to an NBA championship, Finney-Smith is ready for more.

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