1. Spencer Dinwiddie
Though the return of Ben Simmons is currently being celebrated among fans and media pundits alike, not all may benefit from the after effects of such a happening.
Since initially being shelved with his back ailment, the Nets have heavily relied on Spencer Dinwiddie as their primary point guard and, in turn, has seen ample on-court action as a result.
Even with his up-and-down play throughout, with the team's desperate need for any semblance of a reliable ball handler, the veteran has still earned an average allotment of 31.3 minutes a night since November 10.
Of course, now with Simmons coming back into the rotation, Dinwiddie's leash is only projected to grow shorter and shorter while his minutes are slated to gradually lessen, especially if Cam Thomas is, in fact, slotted into the starting lineup on a full-time basis.
Naturally, this will only add pressure upon his shoulders to try and show out with every opportunity he comes across moving forward and force him to tighten up on some of his shortcomings as of late (has seen 10 or fewer points in half of his last 12 games played).
Doing so amid a rather inefficient stretch (registering a -4.6 plus-minus since the calendar flipped to 2024) will undoubtedly be a challenge and, in turn, could wind up strengthening his odds of being shipped out ahead of this year's trade deadline.