The Chicago Bulls have gone through a long process of retooling their roster. After signing Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, the Bulls went through a rebuilding mindset to an “experimental retool” and unfortunately acquired one too many guards. The Bulls weren’t taking any chances for lacking at the point guard position having 4 on the team, even grooming Denzel Valentine in training camp at the point as well. Somebody would have to be the backup to Rondo, and a third to that; a fourth maybe a stretch on the team but the Bulls still had their eyes on finding another guard, which would solidify the uncertainty of someone being let go.
The Milwaukee Bucks suffered a setback with an injury to one of their key players Khris Middleton and discussed a trade with the Chicago Bulls involving Tony Snell and Michael Carter-Williams, which they came to an agreement on October 18th. After a summer league championship and 5 preseason games, The Bulls had waived Spencer Dinwiddie. During his time with the Bulls in the preseason, Dinwiddie had played 14.4 minutes per game. He averaged 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while making 58.3 percent of his 24 field goal attempts. Including a 19 point performance against the Indiana Pacers.
In the time Dinwiddie had played with the Bulls, fans had seen potential in the 6’6 guard from Colorado and felt he wasn’t given enough opportunities to prove what he was capable of, believing teams were overlooking his potential and talents. I reached out to talk to the current Windy City Bulls guard himself about the Chicago Bulls, the future of his career and other light-hearted questions.
When Bulls acquired Michael Carter-Williams, were you notified that you might be released? What was going through your mind after you were released?
SD: No I wasn’t. Everything went on as normal. But it made sense after the DNPs. Honestly, just wondering about the next step. That’s really the only thing you can do in this league. Just work hard and take advantage of your opportunities. I played a lot in 3 games this preseason, one was the start in which I got in foul trouble, one was the Indiana game and the other was the Milwaukee game and I was fortunate enough to be a part of a 37-7 run in the 4th quarter.
Do you feel teams aren’t giving you enough opportunities to prove yourself on the floor?
SD: Honestly that’s not for me to decide. The NBA is a job. Just like any other job complaining about opportunity doesn’t solve anything. The only thing you can do is control what you can control, and when you are at peace with the work you put in then you don’t have any regrets and that’s truly the main thing about this journey.
In the stage of your journey that you are currently at, what are you looking forward to most about playing with the Windy City Bulls?
SD: Just using the D-League to try to develop and get a job. That’s the main thing it’s there for.
What was it like to play with guys like Jimmy Butler or Dwyane Wade and how was your chemistry with them?
SD: It was really cool. They have a very similar type game. So it’s like looking at the young version vs the completed version, and they’re extremely easy to play with.
Interesting point of view! Besides basketball being your passion, I noticed Twitter might be the next thing behind it, is it your goal to become Twitter famous, and can you tell me about your Dragonball Z obsession?
SD: Haha, naa no twitter fame here, I just tweet how I think, which seems to be an uncommon thing. So you really kinda get a little bit of a snapshot of who I am, basically, if you were sitting in my living room this is what our conversation would be like… My real main hobby is cooking though, so that’s another passion of mine and DBZ was basically my favorite cartoon growing up so when they decided to continue that series the last year or so with DBZ super that fandom just came right back.
(You can follow Spencer Dinwiddie here.)
Is Chef Dinwiddie a future plan for your Twitter? Posting any photos of your cooking?
SD: Haha, I might…
This question is from a fan, who are your top 5 West coast rappers of all time?
- NWA (I know they’re a group)
- Too short
- The Game
I know I kinda cheated with the group lol and the reason Tupac isn’t on here is because he’s not actually from the west coast even though he claimed us in his raps.
To everyone who has become a fan of you and is still supporting you, what would you tell them to look forward to regarding the future of your career?
SD: I never got in this to be a 3rd PG, or a backup. Nor did I get into this for money. My dream was always to be a great PG and lead my team to an NBA title. So that’s what I’m fighting for and pursuing. As a second round guy obviously it’s an uphill battle but every stage of my basketball career has been an uphill battle so it ain’t over.
(Spencer Dinwiddie was picked in the second round as the 38th pick to the Detroit Pistons in 2014, which was plummeted from the top 20 projected pick because of an ACL injury.)
This isn’t the end of the journey for Dinwiddie, it’s only another setback as the former Bulls guard strives to find his big moment on a team he can call his own. It’s a league where you are constantly pushed to prove yourself time and time over again. With a goal of being one of the leagues greatest point guards and leading his team to an NBA title; Dinwiddie is ready to take the next step in his career, sharpening his skills and doing what it takes to make that dream a reality.