Combo guard, creative and technician Spencer Dinwiddie was limited to just three games last season after partially ripping his ACL right.
To college, he tore his left ACL, which brought him down in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. But remember, he became a finalist for Most Improved Player of the Year in 2018, where he was also among the most eye-catching players in the NBA despite the Nets having won 28 games. He was an All-Star to the limit the following year and might have passed D’Angelo Russell if he hadn’t. injured his hand. And he made another leap in 2019-20, scoring a career-high 20.6 points per game while handing out 6.8 assists for the playoff-tied Nets.
His career score by 36 minutes fell from 12 to 16 to 22 to 24 points in four seasons with Brooklyn before this last injury-shortened campaign that barely was shortened. His assists went from five to eight to six to eight by 36 in the same span. The hit on him is his shot, as he’s a career shooter 41% on the field and 32% on three. He hit the foul line seven times per game in 2019-2020 and hit 78%. He’s a proven contributor who could save you 18 and 7 while providing general direction, leadership and offensive creativity. It is also one of the boldest guys in the league.
Who should do their best: The Lakers. They need an attacking keeper who could fearlessly create an offense for himself and others alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Also: Dinwiddie is a Californian kid who, if you covered the Nets, maybe always thought he would one day end up in Los Angeles. Why not now?
Who will probably call, but should not: Bulls. They got him briefly in 2016 and gave him up, which opened the door for the Nets to get him back. But next to Zach LaVine, with Coby White already there, a first pass guard would make more sense in Chi… if you could even find one.