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Draft Prospect Profile: Spencer Dinwiddie
Editor's Note: The Knicks acquired two draft picks in Wednesday's trade with Dallas -- Nos. 34 and 51 in Thursday's Draft. We've been breaking down some potential options, which you can find here. Below is just one of the many promising prospects New York could consider:
21 years old
14.7 PPG | 46.6 FG% | 41.3 3P% | 85.7 FT% | 3.8 Ast
What is a 6-6 point guard with great instincts and an elite shooting stroke doing being discussed among 2nd rounders? For Colorado’s Dinwiddie, it has a lot to do with a torn ACL suffered just five games into Pac-12 Conference play this past season. But even before then, he was an underrated prospect, a three-year college player without elite athleticism whose impact might not have become evident until his team was forced to play without him.
His game has fewer weaknesses than most players in this draft class, never mind those who will be available outside of the lottery. He’s capable of orchestrating an offense – as evidenced by the Buffaloes’ steep decline from top-15 team to fringe NCAA Tournament qualifier after he went down – stretching the defense, defending the perimeter and rebounding for his position.
Depending on your view of Kyle Anderson’s professional role, Dinwiddie could be the biggest point guard in the league once he makes it onto a roster. There’s a good chance that he won’t return to full strength until his second NBA season, when he’ll be 22 years old, but with patience, a team that grabs him in the 2nd round could be in line for great value. With his mature approach and diverse skill set, he’s NBA-ready once his leg heals.