In the past couple of seasons, Spencer Dinwiddie has really come into his own as an NBA player. Last year, he was a finalist for the vaunted Most Improved Player award, and he entered this season as one of the Nets’ most important pieces as they look toward the future.
His play on the court has lived up to the expectations, so far. He’s posting career highs in points (17.1) and efficiency (45.9 percent) as his workload and responsibilities have increased, and as Brooklyn, at 21-22 for the season, clings to the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.
Amid all this, Dinwiddie’s sneaker game has stayed on point, as well. In fact, it’s launched into the stratosphere when it comes to kicks. As part of a season-long project with custom sneaker-maker Kickasso, Dinwiddie plans to wear a different pair of specially-designed shoes each game, with away games typically paying homage to local black icons.
On Wednesday against the Hawks, for instance, he wore a pair featuring an image of Jackie Robinson. On Friday night against the Raptors, he’s sporting these kicks as a shout-out to Toronto rapper Drake.
Drake joins a long and illustrious list of historical figures who’ve made an impact on civil rights in the last century, such as Langston Hughes, Harriet Tubman, Colin Kaepernick, Frederick Douglass, Jesse Owens, and more.
Dinwiddie also wore a custom pair honoring legendary comic creator Stan Lee after he passed away in November. Such an ambitious and creative project is a massive undertaking for Dinwiddie, and we personally can’t wait to see what he has in store for the second half of the season.