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Spencer Dinwiddie tore his ACL back in January, leading many to write him off and drop him from the conversation.
But before going down, he was having a terrific season, already establishing himself as a legitimate first-round prospect.
ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman recently reported that he was leaning toward entering the draft, and that an NBA general manager told him: "I don't think his stock changes. Guys come back from torn ACLs all the time -- and it's not as if he was super-athletic."
Dinwiddie, a scoring point guard with excellent size (6'6") and skills, had made noticeable improvements to his decision-making and shot selection prior to the injury. His field-goal percentage, three-point percentage and assists were up, while his turnovers were down.
He was also getting to the line seven times per game for the second straight year. Dinwiddie is slick off the bounce and a crafty finisher around the rim despite lacking the explosiveness to finish above it consistently.
Though more of a shoot-first guard, he's evolved into a heads-up passer and facilitator—particularly in the drive-and-kick game.
It's tough to say whether a team will give him guaranteed money this June, but if Dinwiddie slips into the second round and fully recovers from his injury, we could be talking about draft-day robbery a few years from now.