Dallas Mavericks' most valuable trade assets: 8. Spencer Dinwiddie
Dinwiddie was struggling when the Mavs acquired him from the Washington Wizards at last season’s trade deadline. The 6’5 guard was coming off an ACL injury and was shooting just 37.6 percent from the field. There was plenty of turmoil in Washington, which coupled with his injury recovery had Dinwiddie struggling.
The 29-year-old was lights out after joining the Mavericks. He immediately fit in and averaged 14.2 points per game in the playoffs, while shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point range. Dallas would not have reached the conference finals without Dinwiddie.
The departure of Jalen Brunson in free agency pushes Dinwiddie into the starting five next to Luka Doncic. He will be a key secondary playmaker and run the second unit. Dinwiddie is fully healthy and ready to prove that he can average 17-plus points and five assists on a contending team.
Dinwiddie has two years left on his deal at just over $41.1 million, assuming he plays 50-plus games this season. The 6’5 guard is motivated to prove that he should be a starter on a contending team, and opposing teams are optimistic about him bouncing back. The 29-year-old could climb these ranks if he takes over as the Mavericks' second-leading scorer and he dominates when the second unit is on the floor.