Spencer Dinwiddie’s confidence is nothing new and now he and the Brooklyn Nets are backing up his offseason chatter.
Seriously. Fans lost their minds at the thought of the Nets (21-22) being better than the Knicks (10-31), but Dinwiddie’s offseason chatter was more than just talk. Not only are the Nets vastly superior to the Knicks this season, but they are also looking more and more like a playoff team with each passing game.
“Of course. I told you guys that at the beginning of the season and everybody laughed at me,” Dinwiddie said to Peter Botte of Newsday after practice Thursday. “Everybody thought I was talking crazy when I said we were better than the Knicks, and that was one of our milestones we were trying to get to — best in the city and one of the better teams in the conference and hopefully the best team in the league.
“That’s years’ worth of growth I’m speaking about, but that’s what we want to do and what we want to accomplish.”
During the offseason, Dinwiddie talked about the desire to compete with the best of the best. Brooklyn isn’t quite in the top tier of Eastern Conference teams yet, but they are a legitimate contender to capture a playoff spot — perhaps even the sixth seed if they continue to play well.
The Nets currently occupy the seventh seed and find themselves a half game back of the Miami Heat for the sixth seed. The Nets have won 13 of their last 17 and they are one of the hottest teams in the NBA.
Brooklyn heads north to take on the Toronto Raptors on Friday night where they look to continue their winning ways against one of the best teams in the league. Dinwiddie and his teammates are brimming with confidence and looking to make another statement.