How Spencer Dinwiddie Went From a Second Round Pick to a High-Level NBA Player

Spencer Dinwiddie has shown why he belongs in the NBA the past few seasons. A player who was not on anyone’s radar when he first came into the league, is quickly grabbing the attention of others around the NBA.

The Brooklyn Nets have a lot of talent on their roster, and when Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant get back healthy, they will be a team that can have a lot of success. Dinwiddie can provide scoring whether he’s in the starting rotation or if he’s coming off the bench when the Nets are fully healthy. Right now, he’s showing how much value he has as a player.

Dinwiddie’s first few years in the NBA

Dinwiddie got off to a slow start when he came into the league. He was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. In his first season with the Pistons, he only averaged 4.3 points per game. In his sophomore season, he saw limited playing time, only playing in 12 games total.

After two seasons in Detroit, Dinwiddie was traded to the Chicago Bulls. He never played in a game with the Bulls but did play for the Chicago’s D-League affiliate team at the time, the Windy City Bulls. He averaged 19.4 points, 8.1 assists, and 3.7 rebounds in nine games.

Joining the Brooklyn Nets

In December of 2018, Dinwiddie joined the Nets. This was when he started to make a name for himself. Dinwiddie saw his numbers improve each season with the Nets. At the end of the 2018-19 season, he averaged 16.8 points per game coming off the bench. This season he was averaging 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game, which was the most in his career.

Dinwiddie improved his game a lot since his rookie year in Detroit, and Brooklyn has found a way to use him effectively. Dinwiddie was having a Sixth Man of the Year season for the Nets, and his numbers were only going to get better as the season goes on.

At 6’6, Dinwiddie uses his length to create shots over defenders, and he can attack the basket as well. He also knows when to make the right decision and get his teammates involved. Whether he comes off the bench or his in the starting rotation, he has an immediate impact on the game.

Improving his game

When you look at a player like Spencer Dinwiddie, it lets you see that no matter where you are drafted, you can be successful in the league if you work hard. If you watched Dinwiddie play for the first time this season, you would not think that he was a second-round draft pick.

It didn’t matter where he went in the draft, all Dinwiddie wanted to do was get a shot at the league, and he did. He is currently making the most of his opportunity, and he continues to work on his game. The Nets saw something in Dinwiddie, and now the NBA world is seeing the type of potential that this guy has. He can go on to have a long and successful career in the league.