Spencer Dinwiddie is placing strain on his coach, nevertheless it’s the kind of strain that’s greater than welcome.
“He continues to play like this, we’ve to seek out extra minutes for him,” coach Kenny Atkinson stated. “There’s simply no selection.”
Even with out starter Jeremy Lin, who underwent season-ending knee surgical procedure a couple of weeks in the past, the Nets roster is crowded at guard. However together with his current play, the 24-yr-previous Dinwiddie is making a compelling case for a much bigger position.
In his previous three outings, Dinwiddie twice notched a profession excessive in factors (22) and in addition set a profession excessive in assists (eleven). Coming off the bench towards the Nuggets on Sunday, he logged the second-most minutes (29) on the workforce behind ahead Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Previous to the season, there was a lot speak about Brooklyn’s younger backcourt. But the dialogue centered totally on D’Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert, typically overlooking Dinwiddie.
The Colorado product appeared in fifty nine video games for the Nets final season, averaging 7.three factors and three.1 assists in 23 minutes per contest. With the identical quantity of enjoying time this yr, Dinwiddie’s numbers have surged to eleven factors and 5.6 assists.
He attributes a few of the early success to the expertise he already had in Atkinson’s system.
“It’s type of like having gone to summer time faculty earlier than you truly go to school,” Dinwiddie stated. “That half of a season actually gave me a leap-begin on this season.”
The up-tempo, run-and-gun type of the Brooklyn offense tends to favor outdoors shooters, so Dinwiddie made it his mission to enhance his prowess from behind the arc in the course of the summer time.
“Clearly you need to make that a level of emphasis, so you’ll be able to slot in and hopefully flourish within the system,” he stated.
After hitting 38 3s all of final season, Dinwiddie already has knocked down 10 by means of the primary seven video games — and with excessive effectivity (forty two %).
Nets followers could also be itching to see extra of Dinwiddie, particularly alongside Russell. The 2 have performed sparingly collectively, as Dinwiddie has been charged with main the second unit when Russell is off the ground.
“I feel it’s one thing we’ve got to take a look at,” Atkinson stated. “I do prefer it as a result of I feel D’Angelo is fairly good off the ball.”
Nonetheless, an insertion into the beginning lineup shouldn’t be one thing Atkinson is contemplating for Dinwiddie in the meanwhile. The choice is for both him or Russell to be on the courtroom always, which suggests minutes have to be…