2nd-round pick emerged from the shadows in Brooklyn
Spencer Dinwiddle spent considerable time in his first two seasons not at the Palace of Auburn Hills, but toiling for the Grand Rapids Drive in the G-League before the Pistons traded him to the Chicago Bulls in June 2016.
Dinwiddle was waived and re-signed by the Bulls in July 2016, but was cut again during training camp, beginning the season with the G-League’s Windy City Bulls.
The Nets rescued Dinwiddie from oblivion, signing him to a three-year partially guaranteed $3.9 million deal in December 2016.
He played fairly well after coming to Brooklyn, averaging 7.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 22.6 minutes per game while shooting .444/.376/.792 before a breakout 2017-18 campaign saw him start 58 of his 80 games and put up 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.6 assists in 28.8 minutes a night.
Despite his shooting falling off to .387/.326/.813, Dinwiddie was a finalist for the NBA’s Most Improved Player honor, which went to Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers.