The last shot in the last game the Nets played before the season ended sums up exactly where Spencer Dinwiddie is, and how far he has come.
The night before the NBA canceled the season over the coronavirus pandemic, Dinwiddie led the Nets to a comeback from victory over LeBron James and the Lakers. First he met the winning jumper; then he looked in the Staples Center for his family and his son, Elijah.
At one time only a G-League aircraft taken by Nets, Dinwiddie has steadily evolved year by year and takes on more and more responsibility. First when it comes to his individual improvement, then when it comes to his leadership, and now when it comes to his parenting, Dinwiddie has grown.
“My son is the most important person on the planet for me,” Dinwiddie said of looking up at the grandstand of Elijah, who turns 2 next month.
“Having a child, it really puts a lot of things into perspective, and really shows how it is love and what it should be and what impact it will have on your life. Looking for him [in the stands] Being the first person is just because that’s where my priority is always. “
That winner on March 10 was not a one-off. Dinwiddie’s 16 running buckets over the past three years are a league high, according to Second Spectrum. But there is no doubt that during the past year he has raised not only his game but also his profile.
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That includes his successful recruitment of Kyrie Irving, who in turn attracted Kevin Durant. And that is underlined by Dinwiddie’s own career year, under Kenny Atkinson and now under Jacque Vaughn.
“We’re going to put more responsibility: Whether it’s playing, whether it’s getting guys in the right position, he has the ability to do that and we will continue to push him to do it more,” Vaughn said. “Mentally right now he is in a good place and he is one of the more special, physical people we have on our team.”
This is evidenced by the fact that Dinwiddie is one of the best downhill drivers and pick-and-roll threats in the NBA. He publishes career highs in points (20.6), assists (6.8), offensive rating (110.5) and usage rate (.287). He not only scores and facilitates more, but also leads.
Damage to Irving and Caris LeVert forced Dinwiddie to learn how to set up bad calls or unlucky bounce, to stay focused and guide the network.
“He grows as a basketball player. It’s great to see it. He has layers of his game that he can’t play. One of them was the emotional part, ”said Vaughn, who praised Dinwiddie’s improved ability to stay composed and stabilize the networks during a lively season – one that saw them reject trade interest in their point guard.
After pushing in for a three-year extension on December 14, 2018 – one that lets him opt out after next season and hit the free agency at 28 – Dinwiddie will be in demand in the trading market again this season. And he has obviously found his footing and learned to use his platform.
Dinwiddie was unjustified by the pushback from the league and token-ized his contract. When the pandemic hit, he pushed the owners to take care of his hourly workers and Joe Tsai personally replied that he would. Now he has started a partnership with Cred to allow people to earn interest on stablecoins and other crypto assets among the volatile markets.
On a steady rise since Dinwiddie entered the league, this season has seen the biggest jump.
Statistics 2019-20: 20.6 points, 6.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 41.5 FG%, 30.8 3-point FG%
Contract status: First year with a three-year deal of $ 34 million.