Spencer Dinwiddie
Spencer Dinwiddie
27-Year-Old GuardG
Brooklyn Nets  NBA  
Brooklyn Nets
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Est. Return 12/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Dinwiddie's production continued to ascend during his third year with Brooklyn. He logged at least 28.1 minutes per night for the second straight season and appeared in 68 contests. He took a more aggressive offensive approach in 2018-19, scoring a career-high 16.8 points to go along with 4.6 assists -- fewer than his 6.6 dimes from the season prior -- and 2.4 rebounds. He also drained 1.8 threes for the second straight season at a respectable 33.5 percent clip. It was very encouraging to see Dinwiddie's usage remain steady even playing with a healthy D'Angelo Russell, who earned his first All-Star selection. Dinwiddie seems to have shown enough last season to warrant similar playing time in 2019-20 as a sixth man, giving him real fantasy value. The swap of high-usage point guards from Russell to Kyrie Irving shouldn't have a major impact on Dinwiddie's production, and he could be in for another big role on offense. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $34.35 million contract extension with the Nets in December of 2018. Contract includes a $12.3 million player option for 2021-22.
Personal Bio

Spencer Gray Dinwiddie was born in 1993 in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Malcolm and Stephanie Dinwiddie and has one younger brother, Taylor. Dinwiddie attended Los Angeles's Taft High School and graduated with honors. For college, he selected the University of Colorado over Harvard so that he could compete in the Pac-12. In 2011, he was the Recipient of the John R. Wooden California High School Player of the Year award. Spencer is the founder of the Dinwiddie Family Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to empower at-risk and disadvantaged youth through fitness, literacy, and educational programming. Learn more at www.DinwiddieFamilyFoundation.org. Fans can follow the high-scoring point guard on Twitter @SDinwiddie_25 and on Instagram @sdinwiddie_2508.

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As soon as Dinwiddie stepped on the Colorado campus, in 2011, he was a starter for the Buffaloes. The 6-6 guard started 36 games as a freshman and provided 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds. He helped the team storm the Pac-12 tournament to earn the conference's autobid to the NCAA tournament. Dinwiddie scored 14 points in the championship win over Arizona. Colorado then beat UNLV in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Baylor. Dinwiddie was named to the 2011-12 Pac-12 Conference All-Freshman Team. The Buffaloes were once again successful in 2012-13, Dinwiddie's sophomore season. The feisty guard led the team with 15.3 points to go along with 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Dinwiddie scored 20 points or more eight times, including a pair of three-game streaks. At the end of the season, Dinwiddie was a 2012-13 All-Pac-12 Conference First Team selection. As a junior, Dinwiddie helped the Buffaloes win 10 straight games in November and December. After 17 games, his season and collegiate career were cut short in January when he tore his ACL. The Los Angeles native sat out the rest of the season and applied for the 2014 draft.

Sitting out Orlando restart
GBrooklyn Nets
Out For Season
July 7, 2020
Dinwiddie (illness) confirmed Tuesday that he won't accompany the Nets to Orlando for the restart of the 2019-20 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Dinwiddie tested positive for COVID-19 near the end of June, and "out of an abundance of caution," the Nets have determined that it's best to hold the guard out of action for the remainder of the season. With DeAndre Jordan (illness), Kevin Durant (Achilles), and Kyrie Irving (shoulder) also sitting out, the Nets will be down four key rotation players as they look to hold on to one of the final playoff spots in the East.
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Entering his fifth NBA season, Spencer Dinwiddie earned a large role with the Brooklyn Nets and had a breakout campaign. He averaged 16.8 points (a career high), 4.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the field and 34 percent on three-point attempts. The 6-foot-6 guard finished fourth in Sixth Man of the Year voting and may have secured a top-three finish if not for a thumb injury that cost him 14 games. Dinwiddie's strong season was driven by a dominant December where he racked up 20 points and six assists per game. In the 49 games before his thumb injury, the University of Colorado product averaged 17.2 points and 5.0 assists on 46 percent shooting. That stretch also featured all four of his 30-point performances and both of his double-doubles for the season. His breakout season was enough to earn him a three-year extension with the team in December. Dinwiddie remained fairly consistent in the postseason where he averaged 14.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting. He scored double-digit points in each of the Nets' first four playoff games. Dinwiddie's Nets would lose to the 76ers in the first round of the playoffs.

2017

2017-18 marked Dinwiddie's first full season in Brooklyn. The fourth-year guard would go on to set career-highs in games played and started while averaging 12.6 points and a personal-best - and NBA 11th-best - 6.6 assists. The Colorado product would go on to record 14 games with double-digit dimes. Dinwiddie earned a larger role and dropped the most three-point shots of his career by knocking down 141 of 433 attempts. He provided had his best game of the season by recording a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists while matching his career-high with nine rebounds in a win at Atlanta on Jan. 12. Dinwiddie racked up a career-high 12 assists five days later at home to San Antonio. He took a career-high 15 free-throw attempts and knocked down 13 on his way to a 27-point effort against Philadelphia on Jan. 31. He scored a season-high 31 while adding eight assists versus Toronto on Jan. 8. Dinwiddie would eventually register seven double-doubles on the campaign, including a 24-point, 10-assist effort versus New Orleans on Feb. 10. He'd also manage a career-high three blocks against Atlanta on Dec. 2.

2016

The summer and fall of 2016 was professionally challenging for Spencer Dinwiddie. In June, he was traded by Detroit to the Chicago Bulls for Cameron Bairstow. On Jul. 7, he was waived by the Bulls, but re-signed with Chicago three weeks later. On Oct. 21, the Bulls acquired Michael Carter-Williams and chose to release Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie then joined Chicago's D-League squad, the Windy City Bulls, for nine games. With Windy City, the guard averaged 19.4 points, 8.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 made three-pointers per contest. This caught the attention of the Brooklyn Nets, who inked Dinwiddie to a three year contract in early December. The 6-foot-6 guard would spend the rest of the season in Brooklyn, appearing in 59 of 61 games. On Feb. 15, he scored a season-high 19 points and dished a season-high eight assists in a loss to the Bucks. On Apr. 8, Dinwiddie would again drop 19 points along with four assists and two steals during a win over his former Bulls' teammates. Dinwiddie would score in double-digits for Brooklyn 23 times. He also had 14 games with five or more assists. With the Nets, Dinwiddie finished with career-high game averages for points (7.3), rebounds (2.8), steals (0.7), blocks (0.4) and made threes (0.6).

2015

Spencer Dinwiddie began the 2015-16 season as Detroit's third-string point guard behind Reggie Jackson and Steve Blake. But on Nov. 15, Dinwiddie produced a season-high 17 points and four dimes in 24 minutes during a loss to the Lakers. He'd receive significant time off the bench across the next four games before a sore left knee forced him to miss six straight contests. In December, the 6-foot-6 guard would appear in three Pistons and two D-League Drive matchups. In January and early February, Dinwiddie would raise his D-League game count to a total of 13 contests. In those appearances, the guard averaged 14.7 points, 6.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.2 made three-pointers per contest. Ankle issues then kept him out of action until April. He received some run during four April games, with significant playing time in two of those contests. Overall, Dinwiddie appeared 12 times for Detroit and averaged similar numbers to the previous year by posting 4.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per contest. His Pistons finished at 44-38 and lost to Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs. Dinwiddie appeared briefly in Game 2 of that series and hit his only field goal attempt.

2014

The 2014-15 season marked Spencer Dinwiddie's rookie season in the Association. The second-round pick split his time between the Detroit Pistons and the D-League Grand Rapids Drive. He made his NBA debut in the Pistons' opener, delivering one assist in just under eight minutes in a defeat to Denver. He continued to receive some playing time during November and December. In January, he'd join the D-League Drive to receive a boost in minutes. During seven Drive contests in that month, the 6-foot-6 guard averaged 13.0 points, 5.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 made three-pointers over 30 minutes per contest. On Jan. 24, he'd return permanently to the Pistons and receive more action. From that point until Mar. 31, Dinwiddie would appear in 26 games and produce 4.7 points, 3.3 assists and 0.6 steals over 14 minutes per tilt. Unfortunately, an ankle injury forced Dinwiddie to miss Detroit's final eight matchups. The guard has two more years remaining on his contract with the Pistons.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 2nd round (38th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • July 22, 2014
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Detroit Pistons
  • June 17, 2016
    Traded by the Detroit Pistons to the Chicago Bulls for Cameron Bairstow.
  • July 7, 2016
    Waived by the Chicago Bulls.
  • July 28, 2016
    Signed a contract with the Chicago Bulls
  • October 21, 2016
    Waived by the Chicago Bulls.
  • December 8, 2016
    Signed a three-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets
  • December 14, 2018
    Signed a three-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets (signing is extension of deal signed in 2016.) Includes a player option for the 2021-22 season.
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After playing a complementary role in his first season with Brooklyn, Dinwiddie was thrust into an expanded opportunity this past year and capitalized with a breakout performance. Nets' starting point guard, D'Angelo Russell, missed 34 games with an injury, which allowed Dinwiddie to average 28.8 minutes per game and also pick up starts in 58 of the 80 contests he played in. The fourth-year guard ended up being a fantastic facilitator and averaged 6.6 assists per game, which tied him with All-Star Damian Lillard for 12th best in the NBA. In addition, Dinwiddie posted career highs of 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 three-pointers, all up from 7.3, 2.8 and 0.6, respectively. The hefty increase in shot attempts didn't bode well for Dinwiddie's efficiency, as he shot just 38.7 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from three-point land. However, considering his lack of production in previous years and quick transition into one of the better facilitators in the league, Dinwiddie found himself in the conversation to earn the league's Most Improved Player award. He ultimately finished third in the running behind Victor Oladipo and Clint Capela, but it was still a good representation of the progress he made. Unfortunately for Dinwiddie's value, Russell is back to full strength and ready to reclaim the starting point guard role. In addition, the likes of Allen Crabbe, Joe Harris and Caris LeVert are all back as well, so there won't be many minutes available at shooting guard. As a result, look for Dinwiddie's playing time to take a significant hit and that means a drop in production can be expected. Considering Russell's injury history, Dinwiddie will be someone to monitor as he waits in the shadows for another opportunity for extended work. In the meantime, however, he'll have a tough time coming near his totals from the 2017-18 season.
The former Colorado standout has struggled to find his permanent footing in the NBA since entering the league as a second-round pick in 2014. Following a couple seasons as a backup, and frequent G-Leaguer, in Detroit, Dinwiddie came to Brooklyn last season and appeared in a career-high 59 contests. He made 18 starts and posted averages of 7.3 points, 3.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game, while shooting nearly 38 percent from three. At 6-foot-6, Dinwiddie offers intriguing size for the point guard position, and it's not hard to imagine the early years of his career unfolding differently had he not suffered a torn ACL during his final year at Colorado. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old should be in line for backup minutes with the Nets this season, and he could move into a more significant role in the event of an injury to entrenched starter D'Angelo Russell.
After two frustrating seasons in Detroit, Dinwiddie was quietly traded to Chicago in the offseason for reserve big man Cameron Bairstow. The Bulls waived Dinwiddie in early July, only to bring him back on a new contract later in the offseason. While Dinwiddie, once considered a lottery-caliber talent before tearing his ACL during his junior season at Colorado, has an intriguing blend of skill and size (6-foot-6), he was unable to break into the rotation in Detroit, appearing in just 46 games over the last two seasons. He'll likely struggle to find opportunities in Chicago as well, with Rajon Rondo, Jerian Grant and Isaiah Canaan all ahead of him on the projected depth chart.
Dinwiddie spent a lot of time on the bench as a rookie. Through the first half of the season, he was the third-string point guard behind Brandon Jennings and D.J. Augustin, and when the Pistons traded Augustin to the Thunder for Reggie Jackson, Dinwiddie served as Jackson's backup until a late-season ankle injury sidelined Dinwiddie for the final eight games. Through 34 games, he averaged 4.3 points, 0.4 three-pointers, 1.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 13 minutes per game while shooting 30 percent from the field, 19 percent from three, and 91 percent from the line. Those efficiency numbers are marred by the fact that Dinwiddie was a rookie and still working his way back to full health most of the season after having undergone surgery in January of 2014 to repair a torn ACL that ended his final college season prematurely. At 6-6, Dinwiddie has great size for a point guard, and there are a lot of things to be excited about regarding his potential. He was a great shooter in college, and there's could be special someday, but it's going to be hard for him to get many minutes on the Pistons this season unless coach Stan Van Gundy gets a little more creative with his lineups or Jackson gets sidelined by an injury. Deeper dynasty leagues might be interested in Dinwiddie's potential in the next few years, but for single-season leagues, he's best left on the waiver wire until he earns a bigger role.
The Pistons selected Dinwiddie with the 38th-overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. Originally considered a first-round talent and possible lottery pick, Dinwiddie dropped to the second round due to an ACL tear he suffered in January while playing for the University of Colorado. Prior to his injury, Dinwiddie was putting together a solid junior campaign, averaging 14.7 points, 3.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers in 17 games. At 6-6, 205, Dinwiddie has great size for his position, and his skill set fits the mold of an all-around point guard. His role with the Pistons in 2014-15 is currently unknown, as a timetable for a return from his ACL tear is still unclear. Dinwiddie has personally stated a desire to be ready by training camp, but the Pistons have hinted at holding him out for the entire season. Regardless of your fantasy format, don't expect Dinwiddie to make an impact this season, but he's worth having on your radar in keeper leagues that value young prospects.
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Tests positive for COVID-19
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Out For Season
June 29, 2020
Dinwiddie confirmed Monday that he's tested positive for COVID-19 and expressed uncertainty whether he'll join the Nets in Orlando when the NBA season resumes in late July, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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To play for Nigerian national team
GBrooklyn Nets
April 18, 2020
Dinwiddie is getting a Nigerian passport and will play for the Nigerian national team after not receiving a Team USA Olympic invite, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Delivers game winner
GBrooklyn Nets
March 11, 2020
Dinwiddie tallied 23 points (7-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 8-8 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and one steal across 31 minutes Tuesday in the Nets' 104-102 win over the Lakers.
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Thrives at FT line in win
GBrooklyn Nets
March 8, 2020
Dinwiddie scored a game-high 24 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 14-15 FT) while adding six assists, three rebounds and a steal in 37 minutes during Sunday's 110-107 win over the Bulls.
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Ice cold in blowout loss to Memphis
GBrooklyn Nets
March 5, 2020
Dinwiddie posted four points (1-9 FG, 0-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block across 27 minutes during Wednesday's 118-79 loss to the Grizzlies.
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