The legend of Spencer Dinwiddie continues.
The Nets 24-year-old point guard overcame the longest odds and won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge Saturday night, beating in order, Buddy Hield, Jamal Murray and Lauri Markkanen. And he did it 25 miles from his southern California home ... in front of his family.
Here’s video of the big win...
After the win, Dinwiddie noted what he overcame in what has been a magical season ... despite the Nets’ tough times.
”It’s big for me to even be at All-Star Weekend considering the road that’s been in my career, very up and down, obviously being in the G League,” said Dinwiddie after the competition, adding, “That’s one of the marks of my game is being able to affect the game in multiple ways, whether it be passing, defending or scoring. Good thing they didn’t have a rebounding challenge..in this or I wouldn’t have won.”
Indeed, Dinwiddie was in the G-League, the NBA’s version of Overstock, only 15 months ago.
This season, he first filled in for Jeremy Lin, then D’Angelo Russell, as they went down with injuries. He’s averaged 14 and 7 since starting and leads the NBA in both assist-to-turnover ratio and clutch shooting.
And he and fiance’ Arielle Roberson are engaged and expecting!
The win set off a Twitter storm by his teammates, Nets fans and other fans of the underdog, pushing Dinwiddie to the top of trending list.
Here’s a sampling of this teammates’ congratulations...
Congratulations @SDinwiddie_25 on the win in the skills challenge!!— Jarrett Allen (@_bigjayy_) February 18, 2018
Told Yall Spence Had It In The Bag ♂️✊ @SDinwiddie_25— Isaiah Whitehead (@IsaiahW_15) February 18, 2018
Yeaaaaaaaa Spence!!!— Quincy Acy (@QuincyAcy) February 18, 2018
... And this from the Nets official site.
To which Dinwiddie responded, all Sally Fields like...
Y’all really do love me https://t.co/MQYIZOE3Xk— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) February 18, 2018
Dinwiddie becomes the second Net to win the skills challenge, joining Jason Kidd, who won the event in its inaugural season in 2003.
“[I try to] win every single basketball game that I can,” Dinwiddie explained. “When I step on the floor, just because of my injury that I had in college, I cherish every moment to be able to step out here and play the game that I love and, like I said, do it in front of my family.”
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