Brooklyn had the NBA’s worst injury luck during the 2019-2020 season. Even before Kevin Durant signed with the team, it was known he would miss his first year with the franchise due to the torn Achilles sustained in the 2019 NBA Finals when he was with the Golden St. Warriors.
Then Kyrie Irving went down with a season-ending injury. Caris LeVert missed a bunch of games, although he returned for the NBA restart and played extremely well in Orlando. However, players like Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan didn’t join the team in Orlando after testing positive for COVID-19.
Then on Sunday at Charlotte after Brooklyn started the season 2-0, Dinwiddie went down with a right knee injury in the third quarter of a 106-104 loss as an 11-point road favorite. On Monday, the team announced that Dinwiddie had suffered a partially torn ACL.
The University of Colorado product will have surgery next week. He is expected to miss most of the season, but a potential return is possible depending on how Dinwiddie’s rehab goes.
Dinwiddie had started the team’s first three games, averaging 6.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 21.3 minutes of playing time per game. He started 49 of 64 games played for the Nets in 2019-20, averaging career-bests in scoring (20.6 PPG), assists (6.8 APG) and rebounds (3.5 RPG).
In 68 games for Brooklyn in 2018-19, Dinwiddie averaged 16.8 points and 4.6 APG.
Although it’s a terribly unfortunate situation for Dinwiddie personally, it might be a good thing for the Nets. Why, you ask?
Well, there have been reports that Brooklyn was considering packaging Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen and LeVert in a trade to Houston for James Harden. My opinion is that there wouldn’t be enough balls to go around for Harden, Irving and Durant to be happy. This would translate into terrible chemistry and Brooklyn would become demonstrably worse on the defensive end with Harden.
In a back-to-back spot Monday at home with Irving and Durant resting, Brooklyn lost a 114-109 decision to Memphis as a short home underdog to fall to 2-2.
DraftKings currently has the Nets with the fourth-shortest odds to win the 2021 NBA Finals at +600. The Lakers are the +230 ‘chalk,’ followed by the Clippers (+550) and Bucks (+550).
Brooklyn hosts the unbeaten Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.