Dinwiddie, a 23-year-old from the University of Colorado, comes to the Bulls after spending two seasons with the Pistons, the franchise that drafted him with the 38th overall pick in the 2014 draft. In those two seasons, Dinwiddie spent time back and forth with the Pistons’ D-League team, the Grand Rapids Drive. As a Piston, he played in 46 total games, averaging 4.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 13.3 minutes.
Given Dinwiddie’s size — he’s 6-foot-6 and weighs 200 pounds — he could easily be an upgrade over the Bulls’ backup point guards from last season, Aaron Brooks and E’Twaun Moore. Dinwiddie, however, is less experienced than both of them. His numbers per 36 minutes come from a small sample size, but they’re good: 11.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.4 assists. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune noted Dinwiddie’s dominance against the Bulls in their meetings in the 2014-15 season:
Dinwiddie owned the Bulls. Averaged 11 points and 9.5 assists in 2 career games, including only NBA start in Feb. 2015.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 17, 2016
Dinwiddie recently expressed his excitement on Twitter:
I'm extremely excited to start this new chapter and be a part of the Bulls organization!!
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) June 17, 2016
The loss of Bairstow isn’t much of a loss considering the Australian big man hardly found himself on the hardwood — he was stuck behind Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic, Joakim Noah and Bobby Portis this past season. Johnson also noted that Bairstow was likely to be waived this offseason.
After being selected by the Bulls with the 49th overall pick in 2014, Bairstow played in 36 games during two seasons, scoring 44 total points and grabbing 36 total rebounds.
A previous version of this article mistakenly stated Dinwiddie’s dominance against the Bulls came in this past season instead of the 2014-15 season. The Bulls Charge apologizes for the error.
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