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Spencer Dinwiddie: ‘I guess everybody just mailed Oladipo MIP huh?’

Victor Oladipo, Spencer Dinwiddie

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) guards Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in New York. The Pacers won 108-103. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell are engaged in a public back-and-forth about Rookie of the Year – Simmons because he’s fine bragging, Mitchell because a sponsor wants to sell sweatshirts (and because Simmons started it).

But Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie wants to talk about Most Improved Player, which the Pacers’ Victor Oladipo will and should win in a landslide.


Dinwiddie has turned himself into a solid starter. He deserves strong consideration for Most Improved Player ballots.

But I didn’t even have him in my top three for a reason the self-assured Dinwiddie ought to appreciate: He came on too strong late last season. He was too good for this year’s production to mean he made a top-three improvement in the entire league.