Long before he became a National Basketball Association (NBA) point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie fashioned himself a “streetball phenom.”
“I always played as hard as I possibly could when I was a kid,” he explains. “We would be out on the court every day, and I treated it like the Finals. That’s how I became a ‘streetball phenom’—nonstop work.”
Born in Los Angeles, CA on April 6, 1993, that dedication to hard work came directly from parents Malcolm and Stephanie Dinwiddie. Dad worked as a real estate agent, and mom—who has a PhD from USC—owned a pre-school where Spencer volunteered during his middle and high school summers between playing ball.
Keeping his nose to the grindstone, he achieved numerous accolades and honors during his formative years. In 2011 at William Howard Taft High School, he garnered the “John R. Wooden California High School Player of the Year” and led the team to a city championship. While playing for the University of Colorado, he broke the school record for “most points scored without missing a single shot” and elevated the team to its “first NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Berth in Over a Decade.” Simultaneously, he earned such honors as membership to the Pac-12 Conference Tournament Championship Team, the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, and the All-Pac-12 First Team. After overcoming what most might consider a career-ending injury, Spencer declared for the NBA Draft at the end of his junior year and would be drafted 38th overall by the Detroit Pistons at the 2014 NBA draft.
By the end of the 2015-2016 NBA season, Spencer was traded from the Pistons to the Chicago Bulls. Despite being waived by the Bulls, Spencer persevered and excelled in the NBA D-League to land a three-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets in December 2016, proving that hard work he holds so dear really does pay off.
Outside of basketball, he continues to push himself just as hard as an entrepreneur. Not only does Spencer own several rental properties, but he also holds equity in a social media advocacy app. In addition, he’s pursuing another passion by actively securing investment opportunities in film and content development. When he’s not owning the boardroom or the court, he’s hanging with Taylor, his younger brother who’s an engineering honor student at UC Santa Cruz—or devoting his summers to speaking at his former elementary school.
“The work isn’t going to ever stop,” he smiles. “It’s what excites me more than anything.”
This is Spencer Dinwiddie and there is so much more to come.