This season has been a difficult one for the Brooklyn Nets in their quest to secure qualification for the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Injuries to last summer’s two significant acquisitions Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have culminated in the Nets experiencing an indifferent season so far and the resignation of head coach Kenny Atkinson with Jacque Vaughn now the interim coach. As it stands, Brooklyn Nets are still in contention to make the playoffs this season as they currently occupy the 7th position of the Eastern Conference and 4th in the Atlantic Division with a 30-34 win-loss record.
The signings of Durant and Kyrie were supposed to enhance the team’s ambition to go the distance in the playoffs this term after suffering elimination in the first round at the hands of Philadelphia last season. However, Kevin Durant, who joined the Nets as a free agent, is yet to make his debut for the team since he is yet to recover from the severe injury he sustained last season while he was still playing for the Golden State Warriors. Kyrie Irving started the season with the Nets but hasn’t played since sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury in February.
The absence of these two big names has seen the rise of another player on the Nets roster in the shape of the 27-year old Point Guard Spencer Dinwiddie. In the course of the season, Dinwiddie has transitioned from a reserve player to a critical asset for the Nets and their ambitions of making the playoffs if the season resumes from its suspension. In his fourth season with the Nets, Dinwiddie is getting the chance to prove how good he is once again.
Here is a look at Spencer Dinwiddie’s statistics so far this season and what could be expected from him moving forward.
Spencer Dinwiddie’s statistics so far this season
Despite starting just four games last season, Dinwiddie finished the season with an impressive average of 16.8 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game, 4.6 assists per game, and 2.2 turnovers per game. He has carried his remarkable performances into this season and has seen his stock rise significantly.
This season, Spencer Dinwiddie has averaged 20.6 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, 6.8 assists per game, and 2.7 turnovers per game in 64 games, starting 49 times. In total, Dinwiddie has recorded 1318 points, 221 rebounds, 432 assists, and 174 turnovers so far this season.
His average points per game numbers (20.6) is the 23rd highest in the NBA in regards to that department. His impressive numbers this season in terms of average points per game is also the second-highest behind Kyrie Irving on the Brooklyn Nets roster. His average points per game numbers also indicate how efficient he is when his team is on the offensive.
His passing ability is also a crucial part of his game with his numbers for assists showing how efficient and vital he is for his side even in the games he finished without recording the most points. He is ranked 18th overall for the most average assists per game numbers in the NBA this season. His figures for average assists per game and average turnovers per game are also the highest returns by any player on the Brooklyn Nets roster this season. Dinwiddie was also in decent form before the suspension of the NBA. In Brooklyn Nets’ last ten games before the suspension of the current season, Dinwiddie averaged 18.5 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, 7.5 assists per game, and 2.9 turnovers per game. Despite his attacking prowess, Dinwiddie has a lot more to do on the defensive side of his game. His average numbers for blocks per game (0.3) and steals per game (0.6) are meager in comparison to that of his Nets teammates. There is no doubt that the defensive department of his games needs significant improvement. However, his deficiencies in the defensive part of the game are the Nets’ least concern for now since he is scoring the most points for his side on a lot of occasions.
In the games against some of the top sides in the NBA this season, Dinwiddie has been the difference-maker on multiple occasions. He has recorded the most points or assists for his team in games against Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Lakers.
What’s next for Spencer Dinwiddie?
At the moment, it is uncertain if the NBA will resume anytime soon. If the season returns anytime soon, the onus will be on Spencer Dinwiddie to help his Nets side to navigate their remaining 18 games to stand the chance of making the playoffs for the second season in a row. The Nets still have crucial games to play against top opponents. The outcome of these games could determine where the Nets will finish at the end of the season. However, if Dinwiddie’s impressive performances continue if the season resumes, he could find himself in the center of a battle between other top NBA sides for his signature. The Nets will have to do everything possible to keep since he has now become a vital player in the team.