In our continuing series on possible draft picks for the Chicago Bulls we will look at Spencer Dinwiddie.
Spencer Dinwiddie is a 6-6, 205 pound guard out of Colorado. He is an interesting pick for whatever team takes him. He has first round talent, but since he had a torn ACL, he will probably go in the mid-second round.
Whoever picks up Dinwiddie may get the steal of the draft. Over his last two seasons at Colorado, he averaged 18.9 points and 4.1 assists per 40 minutes. He is dangerous in transition, moving smoothly with good body control and a great touch with his floaters. He has an ability to draw fouls-he has averaged nine free throws per 40 over his last two seasons.
Dinwiddie can play either guard position, but his main position is point guard. At 6-6, he has a height advantage that allows him to see the floor better. He is effective shooting and finding perimeter shooters off the pick and roll.
Dinwiddie has good lateral movement, which helps him on defense. He plays good off the ball defense, doing well at denying the ball. He is fast, so he is able to stick with talented scorers.
Dinwiddie was able to carry Colorado before his injury took him down. He was averaging 14.7 points and 3.8 assists while shooting 46.6% from the field and 41.3% from three. CU was 14-2 and ranked 15th in the country. After the injury, the team went 9-10.
Outside of his injury, the main concern about Dinwiddie is his assertiveness. He tends to be too unselfish at times. He has top-talent ability but doesn’t take his ability and shine the way he could. He could stand to gain some weight. He tries to avoid contact when driving. He prefers to pull up or pass rather than take it to the hole.
On defense, Dinwiddie needs to show the same intensity there as he does on offense. With his height and quickness, he should be better than what he has shown.
Dinwiddie will be the biggest gamble on draft night. There aren’t that many 6-6 guards who can create, shoot, and distribute the way he does. There is a lot of upside with him, but the question is who will be patient enough to wait for him to be fully recovered.
Even though ACL injuries aren’t as detrimental as they once were, scouts will need to see Spencer Dinwiddie’s rehab to see how much the injury has affected him physically. If a team determines that he could come back strong, the gamble on him can pay off with huge dividends.