Dinwiddie has been putting in 12-hour days for the last two months to rehab his injuries and work on the Calaxy app he co-founded last year after sustaining a partly torn right ACL in the third quarter of a Dec. 28 game in Charlotte, just the third game of the regular season. He's expected to be ready for training camp.
The 26-year-old Dinwiddie was the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor. He played only 49 games over three seasons with the Brooklyn Nets before being traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Patrick Beverley on Jan. 21, 2017. After one season with the Rockets, who released him this past April, Dinwiddie returned home to Colorado where he co-founded the sports apparel company Calaxy with former Net Corey Brewer.
In college, Dinwiddie was a four-year starter at Princeton University before being drafted by the Nets. As a senior in 2012-13, he averaged 20.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game while shooting.531 from downtown. That same season, he led the Tigers to their first undefeated regular season since 1994 when they were ranked No. 1 in the AP poll. Princeton lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament that year.
Dinwiddie will miss the rest of the 2020–21 season after being diagnosed with a partial ACL injury in his right knee after leaving Sunday's 106–104 defeat to the Hornets, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The 27-year-old joined the Nets last year after five seasons with the Brooklyn Knicks, averaging 12.4 points per game over 68 appearances. He was drafted second overall by New York in 2014 and went on to win the NBA Rising Stars Award that same year. Dinwiddie played only six games for the Nets before suffering a torn pectoral muscle which ended his season.
He returned for the start of this season but was limited to just 26 minutes off the bench before being sidelined by his current issue. Before joining the Knicks, Dinwiddie spent three seasons with the Toronto Raptors where he became one of the league's best point guards. Over those three years, he averaged 11.4 points, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
Dinwiddie has been named in the NBA's All-Rookie First Team each of the past two seasons. He was also the only rookie to appear in all 82 games last year.
Dinwiddie will be entering his eighth NBA season, having spent the previous five years with the Brooklyn Nets after being drafted in the second round by the Detroit Pistons. He has appeared in 152 games (all starts), averaging 8.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
He became a starter at the end of his first season with the Nets, when injuries to Deron Williams and Joe Johnson saw him become their point guard. The team went on to claim the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference before being eliminated in six games by the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.
Dinwiddie is expected to be the starting point guard this season after the trade of Devin Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers last week. This will be his third season playing for head coach Kenny Atkinson, who was hired by the Nets after being fired by the New Jersey Devils earlier this year. Prior to joining the Nets, Dinwiddie played two seasons under Atkinson while they were both with the New Jersey Devils. During that time, the duo won the Stanley Cup in Devils' history in 2003-04. Before coming to North America, Dinwiddie played one season with the Chinese club Jiangsu Tongxi before moving to the United States in 2008.
At the end of his junior season, he averaged 5.9 points and 4.1 assists as the starting point guard with fellow 2014 draftee DeAndre Daniels. Dinwiddie improved his skills as he entered his last year at the school, averaging 11.2 points and 7.7 assists per game. He was named to the All-Big Ten third team.
After graduating from Princeton, Dinwiddie decided to skip playing in the NBA Development League and enter the 2014 draft. He was selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 35th pick in the second round.
Dinwiddie played two seasons for the Canadian National Team. In 2016, he won a gold medal at the Olympics, where he scored 14 points in four games as Canada beat Brazil in the final. The following year, he helped them win the silver medal after losing to the United States in the final game. He is the only player in international history to score 20 or more points in three consecutive Olympic games.
In 2018, Dinwiddie signed with the New York Knicks, but was traded to the Brooklyn Nets a month later. He finished his career with the Canadian national team after winning another gold medal at the World Cup.
Looking back on his career, Dinwiddie says that playing pro ball in the US was a goal since he was a child.
In 2011, he was named the John R. Wooden California High School Player of the Year after being one of the most talented passers in school history.
Dinwiddie played one season at Princeton before entering the NBA. He started three games for the Brooklyn Nets this past season and averaged 9.3 minutes per game. Before joining the Nets, he had only played in 81 career NBA games over four seasons with two teams.
Dinwiddie went to Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory in Hollywood, California before moving on to Princeton. He spent one season at that university before turning professional.