Brooklyn Nets: Spencer Dinwiddie stepping up in the absence of key players

Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The Brooklyn Nets have been faced with a lot of injuries just two months into the regular season. Brooklyn has relied on their backup point guard Spencer Dinwiddie to carry some extra workload within the Nets offense.

Over the last ten games, Spencer Dinwiddie has been averaging 24.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and seven assists per contest, while shooting 42% from the field and 30 percent from beyond the arc. With the Brooklyn Nets struggling to maintain a healthy roster with keys guys out, Dinwiddie has shown he is more than capable of stepping into the starting line up and providing a spark to Brooklyn’s offense.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, the way Dinwiddie has been able to play with such rhythm and poise. Injury circumstances have haunted the Brooklyn Nets over the years, especially at the guard position. The Nets are 6-4 in games where Dinwiddie starts at point guard. For Dinwiddie, Injuries have helped him earn more rotation minutes and has resulted in head coach Kenny Atkinson trusting him as the floor general for the Nets offense.

Dinwiddie has a 6’6 frame, and he is a combo guard, capable of playing both on or off-ball. He is a crafty playmaker with excellent finishing ability and is also a capable knockdown perimeter shooter.

From Dinwiddie’s perspective, he’s just doing his job. Dinwiddie calls himself “the tech guy with a jump shot,” but the Brooklyn Nets guard is more than just that. The league took notice of Dinwiddie’s play as he was rewarded Eastern Conference Player of the week. A week in which he averaged 25.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and six assists per game. Dinwiddie had a career-best of five straight games with at least 20 points.

The Nets were able to make unique acquisitions during the off-season that put them in the conversation of maybe being contenders. Spencer Dinwiddie continues to work on his game after last season, where he was rewarded with a contract extension. During the summer, he worked on his game and trained to prepare for the season ahead of schedule. All the offseason work has noticeably been paying off.

Looking at the season so far, Dinwiddie has played his best basketball during this last stretch of games, he’s finding consistency and has done a phenomenal job filling in a void for the injuries that the Nets have suffered as of late.

For Spencer, every game is just another day at the office. When he steps onto the floor, he is suited up in black and white, representing the Brooklyn Nets, whether starting or coming off the bench; his mindset is always the same. That is to be ready and prepared to go to war.

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The guy is dialing it up in the absents of crucial players, but this is no surprise for the tech guy with a jump shot.