Spencer Dinwiddie expects Kyrie Irving to be in MVP conversation
Kyrie Irving has done nothing but impress in his first few games as the Brooklyn Nets’ new point guard. First he scored 50 points in his Nets debut, then he finished off crosstown rival New York Knicks with a clutch fourth-quarter shot. Teammate and backup point guard Spencer Dinwiddie believes Irving could be the 2019-20 NBA season’s Most Valuable Player.
“You look at what he did tonight, that’s just another day in the office for Ky,” Dinwiddie added. “We expect great things out of him. He holds himself to high standards, He knows what we expect out of him. You know, when I say he’s a dark horse for MVP I wasn’t just bullshittin’. With KD out, he’s going to shoulder a lot of the load. If we get in those high 40’s, low 50’s range then he’s going to be in that MVP conversation.”
The 26-year-old Dinwiddie referenced former MVP Kevin Durant, the All-Star forward signed-and-traded to the Nets in the offseason, likely missing the entire season after suffering an Achilles tendon rupture in Game 5 of the 2019 Finals with the Golden State Warriors. Therefore, Irving is the leader of this Brooklyn club despite entering his first season on the team.
Brooklyn has a relatively deep team that definitely takes a hit at the top without Durant available, but with Irving leading the squad, role players such as Jarrett Allen, Joe Harris, and Caris LeVert can certainly elevate the game and contribute.