Since Kyrie Irving hurt his shoulder after 11 games and hasn’t played in two months, Spencer Dinwiddie has emerged as the Brooklyn Nets starting point guard.
The Nets have been underwhelming this season at 16-20 but manage to have the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, despite being in the midst of a seven-game losing streak.
Despite the team’s poor play, Dinwiddie is having the best season of his career. In November, Dinwiddie averaged 20.9 points and 6.1 assists while playing half his games off the bench. Over 13 games in December, Dinwiddie averaged a whopping 27 points and 6.8 assists. His usage is at a career-high and his stats have gone way up. If Dinwiddie keeps this up he might be a sleeper All-Star candidate.
Brooklyn Likes It Behind The Arc
The Nets have the 6th highest three-point frequency percentage in the NBA, so they use the shot more than the average team. Joe Harris and Tareuan Prince are both in the top 20 for most three-pointers made in the NBA this season. Harris averages 2.6 threes a game while Prince averages 2.5 threes a game. Dinwiddie averages 1.9 threes a game. Through 11 games, Irving averaged 2.8 threes a game. In the future with a healthy Irving and Kevin Durant, the Nets should be one of the most dangerous three-point shooting teams in the NBA.
Nets Need To Get Healthy
We knew KD was going to miss this season, but losing Irving and Caris LeVert to injury has been hard for the Nets so far. A big part of their struggles could be related to the fact that their three best scorers have been out. Fortunately, LeVert has returned, albeit on a minutes restriction as he adjusts to playing full time again.
Kyrie Irving, however, does not have a timetable to return. On January 4th, Irving told reporters that he recently took a cortisone shot to relieve an impingement in his right shoulder in order to potentially put off surgery. If Irving ends up needing the surgery, this season might become a wash for the Brooklyn Nets.
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