spencer dinwiddie says the Brooklyn Nets’ roster is made up of guys with “a chip on their shoulder” and that a lot of guys on the team have had similar journeys.
Dinwiddie, D’Angelo Russell, Joe Harris, Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen are the core players of the Nets. All five guys have been doubted at some point in their basketball careers. As a result, Brooklyn plays with a grit every single night. It’s one of the reasons they made the playoffs this season when a lot of pundits said they would be a lottery team.
“A lot of guys have had a similar journey, have a chip on their shoulder,” Dinwiddie said, via Ian Begley of ESPN. “And [we’re] also playing for an organization that really kind of gave you your first real shot in the NBA. That’s where I take my pride from.”
Dinwiddie has had quite the journey. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2014. The guard alternated between playing for the Pistons and Detroit’s G-League team.
The Pistons then traded Dinwiddie to the Chicago Bulls in 2016. He was waived by the Bulls four months later before signing a contract with the Nets.
The rest is history for Dinwiddie, who has established himself as one of the best bench players in the league. He signed a three-year, $34 million extension with the Nets in December. The Pistons and Bulls are probably kicking themselves for giving up on Dinwiddie.