Brooklyn Nets Spencer Dinwiddie to play for Nigeria in Olympics

Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie has reached out to join the Nigerian national team after not receiving an invitation to join Team USA for the Olympics.

Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie has reached out to the Nigerian national team to join them for international competition. The six-year NBA veteran did so after not receiving an invite to join Team USA for the Olympic roster. Dinwiddie is in the process of obtaining a Nigerian passport so he can play for the African nation in the Tokyo Olympics, according to The Athletic. Then confirmed by Dinwiddie himself.

Dinwiddie will join multiple current NBA personnel representing Nigeria at the games. Former NBA Head Coach and current Golden State Warriors assistant, Mike Brown, was hired in early February to be the new head coach of the Nigeria D’Tigers.

Orlando Magic star Al-Farouq Aminu headlines the 23rd ranked team in the FIBA Men’s Ranking as of March 3, 2020. Dinwiddie will also be accompanied by Josh Okogie of the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs forward Chimezie Metu and Ekpe Udoh, a seven-year veteran NBA center.

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The Olympics were supposed to be played in Tokyo this summer but have been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new date for the games is July 31, 2021. Even though the scheduled opening date is over 15 months from today, there is still some doubt it will begin on time.

Dinwiddie flourished under former Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson. He got better every season in Brooklyn and this year was his best. Before the halting of the NBA season, Dinwiddie averaged 20.6 points, 6.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Despite earning Eastern Conference Player of the Week on November 25, 2019, and scoring 41 in points against the Spurs in mid-December, Dinwiddie was not awarded a ticket to Chicago to represent Brooklyn in the 2020 All-Star Game.

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