Spencer Dinwiddie
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Super Spencer Dinwiddie is doing it all for his squad. This means he’s literally carrying the Brooklyn Nets to success while Kyrie Irving is out. 

Last Sunday, the Brooklyn Nets came out with an impressive win over the Denver Nuggets at home. The hero of the game? Who, but Spencer Dinwiddie?

Even in the Nets’ terrible loss to the Hornets on Wednesday, Dinwiddie was great and kept the team in the game.

Nets fans were understandably worried once Kyrie Irving went down with a shoulder injury. Their superstar, who they had been anxiously waiting to see in Brooklyn, seemed to have barely played before getting hurt.

To make matters worse, they knew Dinwiddie would be taking over as starting point guard, but he experienced some early struggles to the season coming off the bench.

Fast-forward a few weeks and Dinwiddie is playing elite basketball and leading the Nets to the season fans hoped for since the summer.

In 23 games, Dinwiddie is averaging 20.6 points, 6.2 assists and is shooting 42.6% from the field. He has received Player of the Week consideration three times this season and earned the title once.

If he keeps this up, Dinwiddie will undoubtedly be an All-Star come February.

Arguably the best back-up point guard in the league, Dinwiddie has not always lived this suddenly glamorous basketball life. He was drafted in the second round by the Detroit Pistons in 2014, but his two years with the organization were spent predominately in the D-League (now G-League).

In June 2016, he was traded to the Chicago Bulls where he was waived and re-signed several times, eventually returning to the G-League.

In December, Dinwiddie signed with the Nets and never looked back. He made an almost instantaneous impact on the team and has only been improving since.

What makes Dinwiddie great and so loved by Nets fans, especially since Irving has been out, is that he is clutch. Overall, the entire Nets team has been playing well, but Dinwiddie is leading the way.

He is capable of coming up with big shots when the team needs it most. Who knows how many games the Nets would have won had it not been for Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie is transforming into a cornerstone piece of this franchise. He is crucial to the success of the Nets and provides great depth to the team.

Once Kevin Durant is back next year and the Nets are contenders, Dinwiddie’s value will continue to grow. He is going to be one of the most important players on the team as the Nets try to make a deep run next season.

Leen has written about the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and international soccer. She is currently the primary NHL writer for ESNY. Leen's work has been featured on Bleacher Report and she was formerly a contributor for FanSided's New York Mets blog, Rising Apple. She is a co-host of the Yankees-Mets Express podcast.