Spencer Dinwiddie injury update: Nets guard to have surgery on thumb, report says

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie is scheduled to have surgery on his injured thumb Monday and is expected to miss at least three weeks, ESPN reported Saturday.

Dinwiddie, averaging 17.2 points per game this season and in contention for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, has torn ligaments in his right thumb. Two specialists recommended surgery, according to ESPN.

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters via The Athletic that he thinks Dinwiddie suffered the injury two months ago and it became progressively worse. Atkinson said Shabazz Napier will assume Dinwiddie’s role, ESPN reported.

Dinwiddie signed a three-year extension with the team in December.

The Nets are 27-23 and sixth in the Eastern Conference heading into Saturday’s action. The Nets won just 28 games all of last season en route to their fourth straight losing season.