After a tremendous December, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie is in a bit of a shooting slump. The question is, why?
In December, the Brooklyn Nets cemented themselves as one of the league’s most competitive teams. Brooklyn won 10 of 11 games. As someone who covered each game, it was fantastic.
Brooklyn’s engine to this precipitous run was its 6-foot-6 point guard, Spencer Dinwiddie. During this extended streak, which ran from Dec. 7 to the 26th, Dinwiddie was the irrefutable best player on Brooklyn’s roster.
His production was unmatched. Dinwiddie averaged 24.4 points on 48.7 percent shooting and an uncharacteristic 40.3 percent from three. (Not to mention, he averaged 6.6 assists as well).
Dinwiddie’s play was so strong that it earned him a little Christmas bonus. Well, maybe little is the wrong word. In the midst of this hot streak, Spin-widdie and the Nets agreed to an extension worth $34 million over the next three years.
However, since the turn of the new year, Dinwiddie has been slumping. In his last seven games, the 25-year-old point guard has only averaged 11.7 points. This comes with an unordinary 36.9 percent from the field and a blatantly awful 26.9 percent from three.
Some of his low-lights include an unsightly 1-of-9 shooting performance against the Charlotte Hornets, as well as an Andrew Wiggins-esque 5-for-14 showing against the Atlanta Hawks. (His game against the Hawks and their bottom-seven defense was especially painful. Dinwiddie should have torched this foul-happy Atlanta team that ranks second in fouls per game).
Now, as many of you know, I am the unequivocal Dinwiddie-whisperer here at ESNY. I breathe all things related to Spencer Dinwiddie.
That’s why it is so tough for me to admit: Dinwiddie’s numbers have slowly tailed off since signing his extension.
Which brings up the question, did the money get to Dinwiddie’s head? Was he playing within the confines of a contract year? Did he just want to get his money now? Suddenly, those “I’m home” comments don’t hold as much value.
Now, before we get into the reasoning behind Dinwiddie’s slump, let’s take a look at his recent play.
Dinwiddie is great from many areas of the court. He’s world-class at driving to the cup, is excellent at getting to the line, assists the ball better than most back-ups, and is a shifty ballhandler.
However, Dinwiddie has always had one flaw in his game: three-point shooting.