Spencer Dinwiddie joined the Washington Wizards after five seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, as he joins Bradley Beal in the backcourt.
“Being able to co-lead a team with Beal, and also learn from a guy who’s at a level that I’m not at yet — superstar Bradley Beal … it’s an extremely attractive place to be,” – Spencer Dinwiddie.
Dinwiddie is already saying the right things, humbly deferring to the second-leading scorer in the league last season, but he took it a step further, discussing his potential dynamic with Beal.
“I don’t think (Beal) is going to experience any on-court friction from me. We know what it is. He can score the ball in waves and do some special things out there, and it’s my job to get out the way when I need to get out the way and try to help enhance whenever I can help enhance.” – Spencer Dinwiddie
The point guard position in Washington has been held down by the likes of Gilbert Arenas, John Wall, and Russell Westbrook for the last 2 decades. Dinwiddie will have huge shoes to fill in the nation’s capital.
“I’m not Gilbert, John, or Russ. Those are all dudes with very interesting personalities. You’ve got some of the best players — obviously Russ, one of the best players to ever play in terms of the triple-doubles. You’ve got Gilbert, one of the best scorers of all time. You’ve got John, who had an extended run when you could argue he was the best point guard in the league.” – Spencer Dinwiddie
Those three aforementioned point guards have developed a reputation for being among the most exciting players in the league.
Dinwiddie hasn’t reached the point of a box office star, but he still has a personality of his own to go along with his strong play, as he created his own sneaker brand called “K8IROS” and has involved himself in the cryptocurrency business.
“I think I’ll be the first point guard in D.C. history to possibly lobby senators about Bitcoin,” – Spencer Dinwiddie
On the court, though, Wizards fans should be extremely excited to bring in Dinwiddie, as he averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game just two seasons ago as the main starting point guard in Brooklyn.
While Westbrook is considered the better all-around player, Dinwiddie’s off-the-ball shooting can make him a great complement next to Beal, as he shot 37.3 percent on catch-and-shoot threes in the 2019-20 season.
Beal is the type of guy who attracts so much defensive attention whenever he has the ball in his hands, and given Beal’s tendency to drive or take pull-up jump shots, that’ll free Dinwiddie for some nice catch-and-shoot opportunities.
Dinwiddie is also a great passer on the pick-and-roll, as he should form a nice chemistry with Thomas Bryant, Montrezl Harrell, and Daniel Gafford and get them easy looks at the rim.
The Wizards are also loaded with wings with Kyle Kuzma, Rui Hachimura, Deni Avdija, Davis Bertans, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Dinwiddie will have a plethora of talent to work with, which should lead to many assist opportunities in addition to his ability to score.