Spencer Dinwiddie speaks out on what is behind is recent impressive play
Spencer Dinwiddie has long been one of the most underrated players in the NBA, yet he might be leaving that role behind as the lead guard on a Nets team that has been playing extremely well of late – despite not having superstar Kyrie Irving in the lineup due to injury.
With no real player in front of Dinwiddie in the pecking order, the Nets are riding him hard, and he is delivering notable wins for the team, including a recent grudge match against the Boston Celtics. Dinwiddie went for 32 points and 11 assists on 10 of 19 shooting.
Dinwiddie spoke about his improved play of late to Tim Bontemps of ESPN and how he’s been doing what he’s doing:
“Just continuing to progress every year. I was just trying to strike a balance tonight between passing and scoring and figure out my role as it continues to shift around when we get healthy and aren’t injured.”
According to the story, Dinwiddie is averaging 24.5 points and 7.8 assists since Irving left the lineup, and he’s also delivering career-highs in points per game (20.2), player efficiency rating (19.9), usage rate (29.4%) and box plus/minus (0.4).
The Nets are also over .500 this season (at 10-9) for only the second time this year, and that recent win against the Celtics at home served as a revenge game after they fell to Irving’s former team in Beantown.
If Dinwiddie keeps this up, the Nets will be a tough out come playoff time – especially when paired with Irving’s talents.