The Brooklyn Nets have not finished above fourth in their division since 2014-2015 and have not won a playoff round since 2013-2014. There was increasing confidence that both of those would change this season with the return of Kevin Durant from injury. However, that task becomes more difficult after the recent injury to Spencer Dinwiddie.
In the Nets 106-104 loss to the Charlotte Hornets, Spencer Dinwiddie suffered a partially torn ACL in his right knee. There was no other structural damage and surgery to repair the tear will take place next week. The good news is that Dinwiddie is expected to be recover and ready to play next season.
The 27-year-old guard, Spencer Dinwiddie, has steadily progressed over his six-year NBA career and was on the verge of All-Star status last season. He averaged a career-best 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game last year. With the return of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, Dinwiddie’s role was reduced entering this season, but he was still projected to be one of the team’s top players and key component to their success moving forward.
The Nets won their first two games before Dinwiddie got hurt against the Hornets. They lost that game and their next game and need to figure out a suitable way to replace him. There are several options available, the top choice being Caris LeVert, who averaged nearly 19 points per game last season. Another option is to put LeVert into his customary sixth-man role and start Landry Shamet, who averaged 9.3 points per game for the Clippers last season and is a sharpshooter from long range.
Playing in a tough Atlantic Division that includes Philadelphia, Boston, and Toronto, the Nets have little time to figure out a new starting lineup and rotation. The future for Dinwiddie is also up in the air. He has a player option of over $12 million dollars. If Spencer Dinwiddie chooses to remain with the Nets, he can take the option or move on via free agency.