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Wizards guard Spencer Dinwiddie explains why he's a clutch player


The Washington Wizards have been mighty impressive in the early stages of the 2021-22 NBA season. As of now, they have an 11-5 record for second in the Eastern Conference. There are several factors behind the Wizards' success. 

One of them is Bradley Beal's offense and leadership. Other factors include Kyle Kuzma's shotmaking and rebounding. We also cannot discount the impact that Montrezl Harrell brings from the bench. So much so that he's been receiving MVP chants. And finally, there's Spencer Dinwiddie, who's been their number one clutch performer so far. The guard, who inked a three-year, $54 million contract, knows the exact reason why he's been stellar during the tensest moments.

"I'm always trying to make the right play. I feel like my heart is in the right place, so I'm not hesitating from that standpoint. I feel like people who hesitate in the clutch or in the fourth quarter in general, it's because they aren't trustingof something," 

Spencer Dinwiddie, Yahoo Sports

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Dinwiddie was referring to his latest masterpiece: a 3-pointer over the Miami Heat win under two-minutes left. It gave the Wizards a 3-point lead which eventually propelled them to a 103-100 victory on Saturday.

The numbers back up Dinwiddie's oozing confidence. So far, the guard is averaging 3.9 points per game (on 50 percent shooting) in the clutch, which ranks fourth in the NBA. The league defines clutch time as the final five minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime where at least five points separate two teams. 

We may have to wait for the Wizards to play more games before declaring Dinwiddie the best clutch performer in the NBA. Yet past seasons prove that Dindiddie does not fold in these moments. He's even getting better through the years. When he was still donning the Brooklyn Nets jersey, Dinwiddie moved to the 28th best scorer in the clutch from 34th from 2017 to 2020.

This is impressive considering that the Nets were going through several changes in their roster. Though tagged as a rebuilding team, the Nets made the playoffs in the 2018-19 NBA season. Fans and analysts were in awe of how a "starless" team could finish sixth in the East. 

Their performance was so impressive that it attracted superstars Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden to hop on the bandwagon. Unfortunately, this meant that Dinwiddie, whose skill was growing with his value, had to look for greener pastures. And Washington has indeed been heaven for Dinwiddie. He doesn't just have teammates who are proven winners; he also has a crew who trusts him.

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