The Brooklyn Nets trust Spencer Dinwiddie at the point. They also have D'Angelo Russell, who needs to prove himself next season, a contract season for the No. 2 pick.
The third point guard in the mix in Brooklyn is now Shabazz Napier, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Free-agent guard Shabazz Napier has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told ESPN.
The deal includes a team option on the second year, league sources said.
This is effectively a one-year deal, keeping the Nets massive cap space for 2019 (two max contract spaces).
Napier found a role and had his best NBA season in Portland last year, where he was a solid backup point guard who gave the Blazers 20 minutes and 8.7 points per night. Portland suffered some real losses this summer with Ed Davis and Napier going (both key parts of their rotation).
In Brooklyn, they have a guard logjam. What the guard rotation will be for coach Kenny Atkinson in Brooklyn? Start Russell and Dinwiddie at the two guard spots and move Allen Crabbe to the three, with Napier coming off the bench with DeMarre Carroll? There will be options.
This was expected — and well earned.
Victor Oladipo spent the summer of 2017 reshaping his body and honing his skills, and after being traded to the Pacers and the ball put in his hands he became on of the best go-to players, No. 1 options in the league. He averaged 23.1 points per game and became more efficient with that heavier load, lifting the Pacers into the postseason.
All of that earned him the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award.
While Oladipo ran away with the award — garnering 99 of the 101 first-place votes from select media members — there were 33 players total who got at least one of the three ballot spots from the voters. The rest of the order of finish was Clint Capela, Spencer Dinwiddie, Andre Drummond, Julius Randle, and Stephen Adams.
The NBA will reveal its major individual honors June 25 in a televised award show.
For now, the league has announced finalists. Click the name of each award for more analysis of the race:
- Most Valuable Player: James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis
- Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Joel Embiid, Anthony Davis
- Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum
- Most Improved Player: Victor Oladipo, Clint Capela, Spencer Dinwiddie
- Sixth Man of the Year: Lou Williams, Eric Gordon, Fred VanVleet
- Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens, Dwane Casey, Quin Snyder
Just 17 minutes after his season ended, Victor Oladipo texted his trainer about preparing for next season.
That mentality will almost assuredly win him Most Improved Player this season, maybe even unanimously.
He’s one of three finalists for the award, which will be presented June 25:
Oladipo developed the approach of a go-to player, got into great shape (which allowed him to still thrive defensively despite his greater offensive responsibilities) and improved his pull-up 3-pointer. And he got traded to a team that needed him to blossom. Put it all together, and he went from a borderline starter to a true star. He deserves this award.
Capela and Dinwiddie are also deserving of recognition. Capela became a defensive anchor in Houston’s switch-heavy scheme, and he developed the skills to thrive with James Harden and Chris Paul in the pick-and-roll. Dinwiddie had an incredible journey to this point.
Dinwiddie thinks he should get consideration to win this award. I wouldn’t go that far. This is Oladipo’s to runaway with.
Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell are engaged in a public back–and–forth about Rookie of the Year – Simmons because he’s fine bragging, Mitchell because a sponsor wants to sell sweatshirts (and because Simmons started it).
But Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie wants to talk about Most Improved Player, which the Pacers’ Victor Oladipo will and should win in a landslide.
Dinwiddie has turned himself into a solid starter. He deserves strong consideration for Most Improved Player ballots.
But I didn’t even have him in my top three for a reason the self-assured Dinwiddie ought to appreciate: He came on too strong late last season. He was too good for this year’s production to mean he made a top-three improvement in the entire league.