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How will Spencer Dinwiddie help the Detroit Pistons

A brief look at Spencer Dinwiddie and his new team.

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With no true backup point guard to spell Brandon Jennings, the addition of Spencer Dinwiddie, a 6-foot-6 point guard who can defend, get to the line and shoot efficiently represents an immediate upgrade of size and skill. Peyton Siva and Will Bynum, both weak secondary options to Jennings last season, will allow Dinwiddie to get every chance to shine and prove that he should be a starter at either guard spot in the NBA. And it wouldn't be a surprise to see him take advantage of that opportunity.

Dinwiddie excels in every area the Pistons struggle. Detroit had the second worst true shooting percentage and were 21st in three point percentage in the NBA last year. Dinwiddie had the best true shooting percentage out of drafted players at 67 percent and shot 41 percent from three. Detroit was 22nd in free throw attempts per field goal attempts and Dinwiddie once again was the best in the draft class with .91 free throw attempts per field goals last season.

The Mayor has always been willing to pass first evident by his .49 assist to field goal attempt ratio and was one of the best passers in the draft. A pick and roll between him and Andre Drummond could be lethal. Defensively, he can guard either position. When paired with Jennings, Dinwiddie can guard the better player allowing Jennings to not be heavily exploited. Additionally, a combination of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Dinwiddie could give oppositions fits defensively because of their length.

It's hard to evaluate how well Dinwiddie will fit in until he fully recovers from his injury, but this seems like a perfect fit. Stan Van Gundy, one of the best and most prepared coaches in the NBA, used his only pick in the draft on Dinwiddie so he must feel confident that he can transition well into the league despite his injury and lack of athleticism. Chauncey Billups, a former Buffalo, is currently on the Pistons' roster and could serve as a great mentor for Dinwiddie. And with Dinwiddie's work ethic, high basketball IQ and extreme confidence, he is destined to have a long career in the NBA.