Spencer Dinwiddie has been a bright spot for the Nets this season, a fun wrinkle on an enjoyable team with nothing to lose.
In the last month, Dinwiddie has asserted himself to fans outside of Brooklyn. A game winner here, 31 points there. Nets fans have a social media campaign to get him to the All-Star game, which is boosted by the emergence of a new nickname from his locker room: Siri, because he always seems to have an answer or opinion to share.
"Yeah, that's what they say," Dinwiddie told Ben Detrick of The Ringer. "It's a little bit exaggerated. They just have certain questions that, I think, have fairly basic answers. So I offer them a solution to the problem. They'll ask off-the-wall things, like what's this math equation? Or something random, and I answer it. And they're like, 'Oh, of course you know.'"
This season, Dinwiddie is smashing his career highs across the board. The 24-year-old, in his fourth NBA season, is averaging 13.2 points, 6.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game. In January, Dinwiddie is averaging 17 points on 34 minutes per game.
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson delicately spoke of Dinwiddie's opinionated nature, which Atkinson believes speaks to Dinwiddie's intelligence.
"How should I say this? Sometimes they have all the answers," Atkinson said. "But in a good way. He told me last night, 'I wanted to go against [Serge] Ibaka one-on-one instead of having him wait at the rim for me.' We could argue that, but I thought it was an interesting take. He challenges you as a coach, and I appreciate it. But his intelligence is evident."
The respect Atkinson has for Dinwiddie is reciprocated, as the player credits the coach for believing in him.
"I didn't just wake up a month ago, like, 'Hey, I can play basketball really good now, guys!'" Dinwiddie said. "It took the coaching staff's belief in me. They didn't go find a vet or sign another guy. That's what's producing this."