This evening, Spencer Dinwiddie has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. His symptoms include fever and chest tightness. As of now, it remains unclear if Spencer Dinwiddie will be able to compete in Orlando. Assuming Dinwiddie is unable to compete in Orlando, the Nets will have Chris Chiozza and two-way player Jeremiah Martin for their point guards. Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Wilson Chandler, and Nicolas Claxton have opted out of the bubble for different reasons. Also, Rodions Kurucs might have to sit out because of his suspected assault case. Kurucs may have to appear in court, an action not permitted in the Orlando bubble. All of these absences for the Nets are bad news, and it will most certainly hinder their chances of winning a playoff series.
Current Nets Depth Chart
PG1: Spencer Dinwiddie PG2: Chris Chiozza PG3: Jeremiah Martin
SG1: Joe Harris SG2: Tyler Johnson SG3: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
SF1: Caris Levert SF2: Garrett Temple SF3: Justin Anderson
PF1: Taurean Prince PF2: Rodions Kurucs PF3: Dzanan Musa
C1: Jarrett Allen C2: DeAndre Jordan
Replacing Spencer Dinwiddie
If Dinwiddie does not make the final depth chart, the Nets would lack a point guard who can lead the team. The talent of Chris Chiozza impresses me. However, he is not experienced enough to lead a team in a playoff series. Jeremiah Martin has averaged 17.7 PPG on 46.5% shooting for the Long Island Nets this season, so he could also fill in some minutes at the point guard. Therefore, the Brooklyn Nets need to replace Dinwiddie with a capable point guard who has led his team to an Eastern Conference Finals. If you haven’t guessed already, that man is two-time all-star Isaiah Thomas.
Thomas was surprised to be waived by the Clippers in February, and he would probably accept another chance at making a playoff run in the NBA. As I look at all of the point guards available for the Nets to sign, Thomas is by far the best option. While he is a liability on defense, his ability to score the basketball should earn him a spot on the Roster. Isaiah Thomas averaged 28.9 PPG on 46.3% shooting with 5.9 APG during the 2016-17 NBA Season. If Thomas can produce stats of 18 PPG on 43% shooting with 6 APG, he could help the Nets win a playoff series.
To conclude, I am aware that the Nets are missing some of their players, and they may face many obstacles in Orlando. The majority of Nets fans prefer that the team gives their maximum effort and uses the NBA restart as a growth experience for the younger players.