3 Lakers on Thin Ice Heading into the Playoffs

The 2023-24 NBA Playoffs are finally here and these three Los Angeles Lakers are skating right into the postseason on thin ice.
Head coach Darvin Ham is one of three Lakers on thin ice in the 2023-24 playoffs.
Head coach Darvin Ham is one of three Lakers on thin ice in the 2023-24 playoffs. / John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Spencer Dinwiddie, PG/SG

After the trade deadline passed, the Lakers added some reinforcements in the form of Spencer Dinwiddie. The veteran point guard signed with Los Angeles for the remainder of the year after being waived following a trade from the Brooklyn Nets to the Toronto Raptors.

It was a move that made sense at the time. The Lakers needed backcourt depth and Dinwiddie looked like he could provide a solution. After all, the ex-Colorado product has averaged 13.3 points and 5.2 assists while playing nearly 550 games across five NBA franchises.

Unfortunately, Dinwiddie appears to have taken a step back since joining the Lakers. The 31-year-old playmaker suited up in 28 games (4 starts) for Los Angeles, averaging 6.8 points, 2.4 assists, 1.7 rebounds, and .397/.389/.880 splits while playing about 24 minutes per night.

Although his efficiency has somewhat improved since switching teams, Dinwiddie's offensive production leaves much to be desired. He went from averaging 20.3 points, 9.7 assists, and 3.0 threes made per 100 possessions with the Nets to 13.4, 4.8, and 2.5 with the Lakers. The minus-3.2 offensive box plus/minus since joining Los Angeles is also the second-worst mark of his career.

Dinwiddie is playing on an expiring contract, highlighting his need for a strong postseason run. If he can't figure out a way to contribute to the Lakers' playoff success, his time in Los Angeles could be nearing its end.