No one expected Spencer Dinwiddie to play the way he has, but the Brooklyn Nets have gotten quite the pleasant surprise from their “fill-in” point guard while the team is going through some injuries. The Nets have been high on Dinwiddie every since he stepped into their facilities in the 2016-2017 season, but this year he has given the Nets a playmaker they have desperately needed.
Dinwiddie has filled in for D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin, but Russell should be returning soon which will lead to a very important decision: what to do with Dinwiddie. The Nets planned on playing Lin and Russell together, but Lin’s early injury erased any possibility of that tandem working together this year.
With Russell and Dinwiddie both soon to be healthy, the Nets can either start both playmakers together or bring Dinwiddie off the bench. Either option would benefit this team currently and in the future, but the Nets need to make the perfect decision if they want to continue the positive play they have showed as of late.
The first option up for discussion is starting both Dinwiddie and Russell in the backcourt. This would make the lives of both Dinwiddie and Russell much easier than what they experience prior to Russell’s injury. Russell was being relied upon to create all of the offense, and then Dinwiddie was given those responsibilities when Russell went down.
Both players have proven they have what it takes to lead this team, but playing both together would open up the floor for drives and open threes—something the Nets live by. Starting both players would also let Caris LeVert stay in his sixth man role where he runs the second unit’s offense.
If the Nets decide not to start both players, it would likely be Dinwiddie heading to the bench to run the second unit. This would allow Dinwiddie to dominate the opposing team’s second unit, but could make both the starting and second unit too isolation based. The Nets can get lost on offense at times and will resort to isolation play, so playing both players together is the right idea to keep this rebuild in the right direction.
The Nets will take all the talent they can get, and Russell’s return gives them their most talented player back. It may take a little time to get adjusted to playing together, but the Nets should have both players dominate the floor together as they enter the second half of the season.