One of, if not the best sixth men in the NBA is going to miss some significant time, as Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie is going to be shelved with torn ligaments in his right hand.
Reports state Dinwiddie could be sidelined for four-to-six weeks with the injury, but as of now the Nets are only stating that he's being "evaluated for a right thumb injury. More information will be provided once the diagnosis has been completed."
Dinwiddie's injury is bad news for the Nets, as they are one of the bigger surprises in the league this season, sitting better than .500 at 26-23 and right now in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference.
The guard recently inked a contract extension with the Nets to keep him in Brooklyn for two or three more years, pending a player option, that will pay him around $11 million annually.
He's having an outstanding season for Brooklyn, putting up 17.2 points per game off the bench, trailing only D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert for points per game for the Nets.
LeVert remains out for the Nets as he's still nursing a dislocated ankle that he suffered in mid-November. The timetable for his return is sometime in February.
With the guard out, the scoring on the team will have to fall on players such as Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen, and also the team could turn to Shabazz Napier for playing time as well.