10 things to know about Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie, including interest in crypto and more

Here are 10 things to know about Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie, including his multiple business ventures and the reason for his No. 26 jersey.

1. The Basics

Name: Spencer Dinwiddie

Not: April 6, 1993

Height: 6-5

Weight: 215 pounds

University: Colorado

2. He almost chose Harvard over Colorado

Dinwiddie had the choice of bringing his talents to Harvard University, but ended up choosing the University of Colorado at Boulder. While both schools heavily recruited himDinwiddie wanted to stay closer to home on the West Coast and wanted to test himself against the competition in the Pac-12 conference.

3. He ended up going to Harvard

Dinwiddie followed the path of other NBA players in enroll in Harvard Business School’s Crossover Into Business program. The program gives athletes the opportunity to learn more about the business sector and prepares them for any entrepreneurial venture they wish to pursue off the field.

4. A first round talent

During his freshman year of college, Dinwiddie’s play got him thrown into the draft lottery. However, a torn left ACL derailed his draft chances. Nonetheless, Dinwiddie’s confidence in his recovery led to him declaring for the draft anyway and being taken 38th overall by the Detroit Pistons.

5. He changed his number to honor Kobe Bryant

Dinwiddie was one of the first to changing his number after Bryant’s untimely death. As someone who grew up on the West Coast, Dinwiddie was deeply impacted by Bryant’s legacy in Los Angeles. His new number 26 is taken from the sum of Kobe’s 24 and his late daughter Gianna’s 2. Additionally, Dinwiddie’s son was born on April 20, while Dinwiddie himself was born on April 6.

6. He was clutch for Dallas

Dinwiddie’s latest heroic exploits with the Mavericks need no explanation. However, he hasn’t just been a clutch since joining the Mavericks – Dinwiddie hung on his entire career. Over the past five seasons, he’s won six starting buckets in the last 10 seconds of games, a number tied with reigning MVP Nikola Jokic and trailing only All-Star Demar Derozan.

7. He turned part of his first big deal into Crypto

Despite much confusion and protests from the NBA, Dinwiddie was able to sign his first big contract with the Brooklyn Nets. He created a debt offering called SD26 and sold nine tokens at $150,000 each. Essentially, people invested in Dinwiddie by buying its token, which was backed by trading assets. While the draft only raised $1.35 million in chips – 10% of its original goal – it was the first time anyone had attempted such an ambitious undertaking with an NBA contract.

8. He has his own shoe

Unlike most other signature shoes, Dinwiddie created his shoe completely separate from major brands such as Nike and Adidas. Dinwiddie partnered with Project Dream to help with the manufacturing infrastructure and sketched out the design himself. Dinwiddie named the brand K8iros, and he used the proceeds from the auction of his gaming sneakers to help pay for educational opportunities for low-income students.

9. Create a new calaxie

After his contract idea, Dinwiddie created a token-based app called Calaxy which allows creators and celebrities to fundraise with tokens and allows fans to interact with these creators on the platform. Although this transaction can be done with conventional money, the app is intended to give fans the impression that they are getting a “piece” of fame by purchasing the token which has the potential to create a profit or a loss.

10. He is currently a bit of a nomad

Since being traded, Dinwiddie hasn’t found a permanent home in Dallas. Instead, he leads a nomadic lifestyle, living out of hotels since February 10. It does this because teams can pay a certain number of hotel nights for a player after a mid-season trade. Although his living situation is temporary, the Mavericks hope his hot shot continues.


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