How bobbleheads became the NBA's biggest little status symbol

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Editors’ Note: This story was originally published on March 10, 2020. Jan. 7 is National Bobblehead Day.

IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the second quarter of a Jan. 18 game between the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, and Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie is collecting himself after a hard foul and fall. As soon as he steps to the free throw line inside Barclays Center, the cheers echo from a corner of the arena.

IR-ON MAN, IR-ON MAN! TO-NY STARK, TO-NY STARK!

Dinwiddie is in the midst of the best season of his career. At the time, he’s averaging 21.2 points and 6.5 assists per game. He’s drawing All-Star consideration. And he has become a leader on a team dealing with superstar guard Kyrie Irving‘s shoulder injury.

But this? An Avengers-level chant? There could be only one thing worthy of the craze taking over.

It’s Spencer Dinwiddie Bobblehead Night.

Dinwiddie and the Nets partnered with Marvel to create the first bobblehead of his six-year NBA career, one inspired by the iconic superhero and complete with a futuristic black jersey and outstretched right arm equipped for anything from game-winning 3s to saving the world.

“When they told me, ‘Hey, we’re

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