On Monday afternoon, the NBA announced that former (and forever) Colorado Buffaloes star Spencer Dinwiddie won the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
In four games for the Brooklyn Nets, Dinwiddie was phenomenal. He had 28 points and 8 assists against the Pacers, 20 and 8 against the Hornets, 23 and 7 against the Kings, and 30 and 4 against the Knicks. Dinwiddie led Brooklyn to three wins in four tries, getting them back to .500 as they are now 8-8 in this young season.
Dinwiddie is typically a sixth man — one of the very best in the league — but he showed his value as a starter during the past week. Prized free agent signing Kyrie Irving missed all four games with a shoulder injury, so Dinwiddie had to lead a thin Brooklyn squad that is missing Irving, Kevin Durant (Achilles) and Caris LeVert (thumb). (Brooklyn started Garrett Temple and gave him 33 minutes per game in that stretch, so, yeah, Spencer was needed badly.)
Dinwiddie is having another terrific season. Ever since signing with Brooklyn in 2016, he has improved considerably every season. He was nearly out of the league before signing with the Nets, but turned into a solid role player, then into a Most Improved Player finalist, a Sixth Man of the Year contender, and now an All-Star contender. He’s improved his scoring every season and he’s now up to 19.6 points in just 28 minutes per game.
Elsewhere in the NBA, Derrick White and Alec Burks are holding down the fort as Andre Roberson continues his injury rehabilitation that dates back to January 2018.
White has been solid as a sixth man for the San Antonio Spurs, but every basketball nerd is clamoring for him to play alongside Dejounte Murray, the young guard who missed last season with a torn ACL. White is a superb defender who could combine with Murray to be possibly the best defensive backcourt in the NBA. Hopefully Gregg Popovich comes to his senses (lol), and also the Spurs don’t re-sign DeMar DeRozan.
Burks signed with the Golden State Warriors and was expected to be a crucial bench player on a contending team. However, injuries to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell turned the Warriors into a glorified G League team. Burks is scoring a career-high 14.9 points per game, but it’s because he’s the second option after second round pick Eric Paschall (!).