A lot has changed for the Brooklyn Nets over the past two seasons. And it can be traced to this past offseason.
The first domino that began to fall was when Kyrie Irving left the Celtics to play with the Nets. His move was kind-of unexpected and ironic because less than a year earlier, Irving had said that he was going to re-sign with Boston.
One of the biggest (if not the biggest) changes that Brooklyn made was when D’Angelo Russell was traded to the Warriors. Alongside him heading to Golden State were Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham — all in effort to allow Kevin Durant to come to Brooklyn.
And because Irving and Durant declined max deals, Deandre Jordan was able to sign with the Nets on a 4-year, $40 million deal.
Because of their popularity, some basketball fans might think that Brooklyn’s big three are the foundation of the franchise. I disagree.
Spencer Dinwiddie began to demonstrate his dominance at the guard position during the beginning of this season (pre-NBA shutdown). His career averages are 12.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 5 assists a game. But this season, the season in which he was named a starter for the first time, Dinwiddie has averaged 20.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.8 assists a game.
Career wise, Spencer Dinwiddie has moved all-around the country to play basketball. In high school, he played for the city he grew up in at Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills, California. After he graduated, Dinwiddie decided to attend the University of Colorado Boulder — where he earned first-team all PAC-12 conference honors as a Sophomore.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck Dinwiddie’s Junior year when injured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). He was able to recover and was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 2014 NBA Draft. After playing in Detroit for a couple years, Spencer Dinwiddie joined the Nets in 2016.
There is a sense of originality that Spencer Dinwiddie has shown through the upbringing of his basketball career. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant both were considered at the top (and rightfully so) at the beginning and already had everything coming into the league. Dinwiddie didn’t though. He’s had to work for his playing time. And because of it, he has emerged as a fan-favorite — Brooklyn’s own star.