Nets PG Spencer Dinwiddie considers the progress he made last season only a "half step" forward -- and he's hungry for more.
The 25-year-old Dinwiddie, who posted career high numbers in numerous categories and won the Skills Challenge, is striving to accomplish more as an individual and wants to see his team improve as well.
"I was happy, clearly, but I wasn't doing what I wanted to do or feel like I could do or everything I was capable," Dinwiddie said, according to the Nets' website. "It felt more like a half step than a whole step. You know, we still lost games, I still could have been more efficient offensively with my own shooting, and we didn't make the playoffs. All those things. So in my head as a player there's all these milestones still to reach that I feel like we're capable, one individually and then two, as a unit to do."
Dinwiddie averaged 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game -- all career-bests -- in 80 games last season. His average of 6.6 assists per game led the team and were more than twice the number he posted the season before.
Coach Kenny Atkinson said that although Dinwiddie is "still working on" building confidence, he "has grown leaps and bounds from the first day he was here."
"He's really starting to be a more confident player and it's showing," Atkinson said. "But with his size and speed, he can dominate. That's the mindset he has to have, whether it's dominating a play call when we're coming down the court and running away and being demonstrative and getting everybody in their right places, or even defensively, we'd love to see a more confident, dominant personality."
Dinwiddie and the Nets will begin their preseason slate against the Knicks on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.