The Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie drives the ball against the Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Feb. 22, 2018, at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Spencer Dinwiddie Nominated For Most Improved Player Award

May 17, 2018 - 12:05 pm
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By WFAN.com

Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie has been nominated for the NBA's Most Improved Player Award, the league announced Wednesday night.

Dinwiddie joins the Pacers' Victor Oladipo and the Rockets' Clint Capela as this year's nominees for the award.

Brooklyn signed the point guard from the G-League to a three-year, partially-guaranteed deal during the 2016-17 season. He would go on to average 7.3 points and 3.1 assists while appearing in 58 games for the Nets.

The 25-year-old guard entered the 2017-18 season as a possible candidate for the backup point guard role. But after injuries to Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell, Dinwiddie was quickly thrusted into the starting lineup.

Dinwiddie went on to have a great season, finishing the year with averages of 12.6 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game, all career highs. His assist-to-turnover ratio ranked second in the NBA (4.1), just behind the Pacers' Darren Collison (4.2). 

The former second round pick put on a show during the All-Star Weekend when he shocked the NBA world by taking home the Skills Challenge trophy, defeating the Bulls' Lauri Markkanen in the final round. 

Dinwiddie's contract for the 2018-19 season is non-guaranteed. However, Brooklyn is certain to pick up the point guard's $1.66 million option, as it represents one of the best bargain deals in the NBA.

He is set to hit free agency in 2019.

The NBA will announce its award winners on June 25.