25 - Spencer Dinwiddie

6-6, 205 Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Colorado Junior
04/06/93 (29.4 yrs)
Woodland Hills, CA
High School
William Howard Taft
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Brian Shaw

Strengths: Dinwiddie is a dual offensive threat, who averaged 18.9 points and 4.1 assists per 40 minutes over his last two seasons at Colorado … Dangerous in transition – glides down the floor and slithers his way to the basket … Smooth. Good body control and great touch on his floaters … Uses nifty hop and Euro steps to get to the rim…  Draws a bunch of fouls, averaging 9 FTA per 40 over his last two seasons at CU … Excellent free-throw shooter, making better than 81 percent of his attempts in each of his three seasons at CU … Solid three-point shooter, making more than 41 percent of his attempts in two of his three seasons with the Buffalos … Very effective scoring and finding open perimeter shooters when driving off the pick and roll … Tallest player classified as a point guard at the combine – his height allows him to shoot unimpeded and easily find open teammates … Makes crisp interior passes … Good off-the-ball defense – denies very well … Fast – gets down the floor quickly and can stick with talented scorers, such as Marcus Smart and Andrew Wiggins, on defense … High character guy with good intelligence. Seemingly a good teammate – enthusiastic, likable, expressive, involved, and shares the ball …
Weaknesses: Dinwiddie’s most glaring weakness is his lack of assertiveness and consistency. Scouts often wonder why his level of intensity is not at the same level at all time. Should look to be a little more selfish (assertive). Has standout ability but doesn’t always take it upon himself to be the star that he should be … Still recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered in January …  Questionable whether he is a true point guard or more a combo –  frequently played off the ball at CU, though excels in ball handling and passing … Slender build – bounces off stronger players on both ends of the floor … Avoids contact when driving – prefers to pull up or pass out rather than go all the way to the hole … Limited dribble moves … Doesn’t show much ability to create his own shot, frequently relying of screens to get open … Too dependent on his right hand – shoots with his right on drives to the left side of the rim…  Easily picked off by screens on the defensive side of the ball, which is seemingly due to a combination of a lack of awareness and strength …
Notes:  At the time of Dinwiddie’s knee injury, CU was 14-2 and ranked 15th in the country. At the time, he was averaging 14.7 points and 3.8 assists per game and shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from the 3-point line … Without him, the Buffalos were a sub-500 team, losing 10 of 19 games … In all-time school history, he ranks third in free throw percentage (.830) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.386) … Confident and engaging, Dinwiddie is the self-proclaimed “Mayor,” and a fan favorite.  Received the most votes by the fans at Pachoops.com for having the best moustache in the conference …
Outlook:  Assuming that he can regain his past form, Dinwiddie should be a solid NBA player …  Would fit well alongside an undersized scorer like Monta Ellis … He relies heavily on screens to get shots, is not an especially gifted ball handler, is a little too upright and stiff to defend smaller, quicker guards, and perhaps most importantly, spent a great deal of time playing off the ball in college…  If he wasn’t coming off a serious knee injury, Dinwiddie would be a good bet to be drafted late in the first round, but now, he appears destined to go somewhere in the second…

Richard Harris 5/25/14

Strengths: Shooting guard who excels at pushing the ball in traffic … Relentless attacking the basket, particularly in transition. Fearless, aggressive, mentality attacking the rim despite a skinny frame … Good outside shooter with a quick, concise release … Very good spot up shooter … Tremendous handle for a 2-guard. Had more assists than turnovers. Impressive for a freshman who handled the ball a fair amount … Combine that handle with good speed and he is very difficult to contain when he gets a head of steam … Shows solid creativity to finish off plays in transition with scoops and up and unders, even when facing a bigger or more athletic opponent … His aggressive, attacking style results in a lot of trips to the FT line … Very efficient player. Solid decision maker. Good composure, feel for the game … Good length and fluidity … Excellent finisher, despite many of those finishes being the below the rim variety … As he gains a star reputation, many of those 50/50 foul calls that he forces refs to make are likely to go his way …

Weaknesses: Needs to get a lot stronger … Added body strength will make him even more effective finishing around the basket and also likely improve his explosiveness … His fearless attacking style in transition can lead to charges and turnovers … Finishes more often with finger rolls than dunks. Not the most explosive athlete, but has great speed and length and should gain some explosiveness as his body develops … While he excels at spot up and transition, he needs to improve his ISO game … While his length and fluidity and focus should make him a good defender in the long run, he needs to improve in that area. He obviously puts a lot more attention into his offensive game …

Notes: Averaged 10 ppg as a freshman on solid shooting numbers (43% from 3) … One of the more prolific and effective freshmen in the nation, and with the graduation of Carlon Brown, he’ll likely be given the opportunity to be Colorado’s main scorer as a sophomore …

Aran Smith 10/21/12