Dallas Mavericks X factor for 2022-23 season: 3. Spencer Dinwiddie
The Mavs took a leap last season by playing two ball handlers and spacing the floor. Their success prompted Dallas to start Jalen Brunson and trade for Dinwiddie at the deadline. With JB in New York, Dinwiddie is expected to join the starting five and lead the second unit when Luka Doncic needs a rest. How he performs will determine the Mavericks' success.
The 6’5 guard struggled with the Wizards last season, which allowed Dallas to buy low. He was coming off an ACL injury and just never meshed in Washington. Dinwiddie was fantastic after joining the Mavs, and fans may forget he averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists during the 2019-2020 season where he helped lead Brooklyn to the playoffs with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant injured.
The Mavericks need Dinwiddie to keep up his increased efficiency. He must knock down open shots when playing off Luka Doncic, and command the offense when number 77 is on the bench. Dinwiddie needs to put up 16 points and five dimes per game for the team’s offense to be firing on all cylinders.
Spencer Dinwiddie may have overperformed a bit for the Dallas Mavericks last season, but how well will he play this year? If he is akin to his days in Brooklyn, the Mavs will be a problem for any opponent.