It looks like it might be baptism by fire for rookie Spencer Dinwiddie, who could see solid minutes in the Detroit Pistons' season opening game against the Denver Nuggets as backup Cartier Martin (foot) appears questionable, according to head coach Stan Van Gundy.
Dinwiddie impressed in his one and only preseason game, which also happened to be his first foray into competitive basketball since tearing his ACL in January. Dinwiddie played 15 minutes in the Pistons' preseason finale against the Philadelphia 76ers and scored eight points to go with six assists and two turnovers.
More importantly, however, he didn't look rusty and displayed quality poise and confidence after not playing for nine months. While the team remained mum on Dinwiddie's health after drafting him in the second round the fact that the team traded reserve point guard Will Bynum was an indication the Pistons were comfortable with Dinwiddie's health and ability to slide into the rotation if need be.
With Jodie Meeks already out for an extended period and now Martin looking unavailable that need looks to be for game No. 1.
While drafted as a point guard, Dinwiddie is 6-foot-6 and should be able to handle the shooting guard role. Having him on the floor might also help relieve the ball handling pressure from starter Brandon Jennings and reserve DJ Augustin.
Also, if you're forced to slide a point guard over into the shooting guard position, you couldn't do much better than have the Nuggets as an opponent. Denver has a smallish back court with Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo starting and Randy Foye and rookie Gary Harris (both 6-foot-4) in reserve.