A lot of attention was paid to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
That is usually the case but Thursday was different because it was the team’s first game since the NBA trade deadline.
That means it was the first game since the franchise lost its biggest star, Kevin Durant.
In exchange for Durant, the Nets received multiple stars and picks.
One of those stars, Spencer Dinwiddie, showed up ready to play.
Spencer Dinwiddie tonight:
Back with the squad 🔥 pic.twitter.com/5jRIqz6zPy
— Kicks (@kicks) February 10, 2023
Dinwiddie had a team-high 25 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and a remarkable 4 steals during his first game back in Brooklyn.
The player, who was employed by the Dallas Mavericks just a few days before, looked happy to be with the Nets.
He played for the team back at the start of his career, from 2016 until 2020.
During that time, he averaged 14.3 points, 3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists.
After his stay in Brooklyn, Dinwiddie went to work for the Washington Wizards and then the Mavericks.
Dinwiddie wasn’t the only one working hard for the Nets on Thursday.
Cam Thomas continued to play well, although his 20 points paled in comparison to what he’s done lately.
Meanwhile, Joe Harris looked good again (18 points), and Yuta Watanabe was solid with 14.
The team’s other newcomer, former Mavericks star Dorian Finney-Smith, scored 9 points and had 9 rebounds too.
The performance of the Nets has some people thinking that their future might not be so dark without Durant.
They are still ranked fifth in the East and while they will surely slip down the standings a bit in the weeks ahead, they could stay competitive.
If the Nets continue to play as they did on Thursday, there is every reason to believe they could reach the playoffs.NEXT: Ben Simmons Shocked Nets Fans On Thursday