The first NBA Draft pick of the Stan Van Gundy era is in. With the 38th overall selection, the Pistons selected 6’6″ Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) June 27, 2014
After tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in January, many expected him to return for his senior season after missing more than half of his junior year. Dinwiddie though has progressed in rehab and even worked out for a couple of teams before the draft.
Pistons Palace profiled Dinwiddie’s game before the draft. Here are some things we noted about his game.
One of the first things that sticks out about Spencer Dinwiddie’s game is the fact that opposing coaches have to account for him on both sides of the floor. He has a natural feel for the court and a nose for the basketball. Dinwiddie’s reaction speed and anticipation level is as good or better than some of the highest rated guards in this class.
It’s witnessed on both sides of the floor.
Defensively, he might not be the best athlete, but he is always around the ball. He doesn’t have to do anything crazy to create a play. If he tips a ball up, it’s in his lap. Even if a teammate makes a defensive play, he is in the right spot to get the basketball.
What brings it together is how he so fluently takes those defensive plays and turns them into transition offense. From there, he uses what’s available to him. Dinwiddie might not have what they define as closing speed, but he can find an opening on the floor. He has an uncanny ability to find his teammates on the fast break. Most importantly, he isn’t afraid to finish on transition by forcing his way to the free throw line.
It’s not just his sylin’ mustache that is throwback.
Dinwiddie was quoted many times through the draft process as saying that he believes he is the best point guard in the draft. He is so versatile though that he could play shooting guard or small forward at times in the NBA.
Chances are he’ll team up with Kyle Singler, Jonas Jerebko and whatever free agents Pistons officials bring in to compete at small forward.
Dinwiddie shot 41% from three point territory his senior season.
Because of the rehabbing of his knee, it’s unlikely that Dinwiddie will compete in summer league action.
Dinwiddie was considered a fringe first rounder before his injury, but he has been a real game changer for the Colorado program. He brings a lot of assets to Detroit and makes the Pistons pick in the second round a valuable one.