Point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is set to make his Brooklyn Nets return on Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets.
After the humiliating loss at the hands of the Washington Wizards, good news on Spencer Dinwiddie‘s health couldn’t have come at a better time for the Brooklyn Nets.
According to Michael Scotto of The Athletic, coach Kenny Atkinson will reactivate Spencer Dinwiddie during Friday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. (We might have to coin the term “Scotto Bomb” after this surprising drop.)
It appears that Dinwiddie’s rehabilitation process went incredibly well. Atkinson has no plans of a minutes restriction and will allow his point guard to play in back-to-backs.
At long last, Nets’ fans will finally see a healthy Brooklyn roster. With Allen Crabbe, Caris LeVert, and now Spencer Dinwiddie back on the court, the sixth-place team could take things up another level.
It will be especially interesting to see how Atkinson’s backcourt rotations change. Prior to his injury, Dinwiddie averaged 17.2 points, five assists, and a 46.1/36.6/79.5 shooting line. He was also a candidate for Sixth-Man of the Year.
With Dinwiddie gobbling up 30-plus minutes per game, what will this mean for Shabazz Napier‘s playing time? Although the undersized guard has looked promising in spots, he’s been a bit unpredictable on offense and has the tendency to shoot the team out of games.
Although he’s a somewhat volatile, Dinwiddie will oddly enough provide some stability to Brooklyn’s offense. The Nets were the 13th place team in offensive rating with Dinwiddie in the lineup. However, that offensive rating slipped all the way to 26th with Dinwiddie sidelined.
Considering that Caris LeVert is still finding his footing on offense, Dinwiddie’s dependable pressure at the rim will be immense.
We’ll get the chance to see the trio of D’Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert, and Dinwiddie on the floor when the Nets host the Hornets on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Hopefully, Brooklyn can take down a team they are vying for a playoff spot with.