The Brooklyn Nets got some bad news on starting guard Spencer Dinwiddie on Monday morning. Reports from The Athletic’s Shams Charania state that Dinwiddie has a partially torn ACL and is expected to make a full recovery before next season. So that sounds like Dinwiddie will be done for the year. He had won the starting role next to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving for the new-look Nets. Now, Brooklyn loses some depth and will need to find a replacement for Dinwiddie in the starting lineup.
Here we’re going to take a look at some options to replace Dinwiddie on your fantasy basketball team.
Joe Harris, SG/SF (25.4 percent owned on ESPN)
Harris is also in the starting lineup but should get a nice boost with Dinwiddie sidelined. Dinwiddie had been around 62 percent owned on ESPN, so there will be plenty of teams looking to replace him. Harris is among the best 3-point shooters in the NBA. Three seasons ago, he shot 47 percent from downtown to lead the entire League. In 2018-19, Harris won the 3-point shooting contest at All-Star weekend. This season, he’s shooting around 44 percent from downtown through 3 games.
The absence of Dinwiddie could mean Harris’ shot attempts goes up from 8.7 per game. Kyrie will be controlling the ball more in the offense and we could see another shooter slot in for Dinwiddie. Kyrie is either going to look to KD in the pick-and-roll or dish it out to the wings off penetration. Harris will get a lot of open looks and if you’re looking for help in 3-pointers or a Dinwiddie replacement, he’s your guy.
Landry Shamet, PG/SG (under 1 percent owned)
If someone already scooped up Harris or you’re in a deep, 14-16 team league, then Shamet is your next best option to replace Dinwiddie. For the Clippers last season, Shamet averaged around 9-10 points off the bench. He shot 37.5 percent from beyond the arc on relatively limited attempts. Shamet may slot into the starting lineup at SG in place of Dinwiddie simply because the Nets want to keep Caris LeVert coming off the bench as the 6th Man. If this is the case, Shamet could see in the neighborhood of 15-25 minutes per game. He’d have some value as a 3-point specialist who can chip in a few steals and assists here and there.