To put into some perspective what Spencer Dinwiddie is doing as the sixth man for the Brooklyn Nets this season, let’s run a list of players who have averaged 15 points and five assists per game for a season while primarily in a reserve role:
- Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans, 2015-16: 16,8 PPG, 6.0 APG
- Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers, 2017-18: 22.6 PPG, 5.3 APG
- End of list
If the Nets had a better record, Dinwiddie would be a very serious contender for Sixth Man of the Year, although Williams is again playing like it’s his trophy to lose.
On Sunday, Dinwiddie was as locked in as he’s been all season, matching his career-high with 31 points, dishing five assists. The only knock was his three turnovers — two of them came from just trying to get a little too fine with interior passes where the lane for the feed just wasn’t there.
Defensively, he did a solid job with J.J. Redick much of the game. Redick was just 5-for-14 and made only one 3-pointer (a big one to put Philadelphia in front late in the game).
Honestly was shocked to see that Allen Crabbe had played 25 minutes against the 76ers, because he was a complete non-factor.
Crabbe is also the poster child for how misleading the single-game plus/minus statistic can be.
Crabbe posted a team-high plus-5 primarily because he was sucking up space and oxygen on the floor while the team was playing well and was on the bench down the stretch because all he did Sunday was suck up space and oxygen on the floor.
So much for all of those “Allen Crabbe is back!” takes after his big game last week in Dallas (guilty as charged).