Brooklyn Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie has suffered a partially torn ACL, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Monday morning. Dinwiddie was injured in the Nets loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night. He did not sustain any structural damage and is expected to make a full recovery before next season, per Shams.
Dinwiddie was named the starter alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant prior to the season and was averaging 6.7 points per game this season before the injury last night. With Dinwiddie sidelined, it impacts the Nets depth a bit but that’s the reason they have said depth. Brooklyn should be able to overcome the injury and end up as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
There are a few players who could be thrust into the starting lineup to replace Dinwiddie. Landry Shamet makes some sense as a pure shooting guard who can stretch the floor a bit more. Caris LeVert seems better served as the go-to scoring option off the bench with the Nets’ solid second unit. There’s also Taurean Prince, who can provide some defense at SF while the Nets shift Joe Harris to SG.
As for waiver wire options to replace Dinwiddie, Joe Harris is around 25 percent owned in ESPN leagues. He’s already off to a very good start to the season, averaging 10.7 points per game as a starter. No Dinwiddie should open up some more offense for him. Shamet is under 1 percent owned on ESPN, so he’ll be available in pretty much every league. He may not be worth scooping up until we know more about the Nets rotation. Shamet has value as a 3-point shooter and was known to have a game here and there on the Clippers.