Early in September, the Golden State Warriors reportedly signed undrafted rookie center Dewayne Dedmon to a partially guaranteed contract with the implication being that they would bring him into training camp with the intentions of possibly keeping him on the roster for the 2013-2014 NBA season. With the start of camp just about a week away, the Warriors and the fans will get a good look at Dedmon.
The look that people take at Dedmon better be a good one, because he could wind up being a face that the Warriors see more often than they’d planned to this season. Though Andrew Bogut is healthy heading into this season, there’s no denying that he’s still at risk for injury. Given that, the fact that Jermaine O’Neal has an injury history of his own, the fact that Festus Ezeli won’t return from injury until midseason at the earliest, and that Dedmon is the only other center on their roster, he could wind up seeing quite a bit of playing time this season.
The seven-footer Dedmon played two seasons at USC before declaring for the draft in a decision many people considered unwise. Last season for the Trojans, Dedmon averaged 6.7 points, seven rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.1 blocks in only 22.3 minutes per game on 50 percent shooting from the floor.
Dedmon also played at the Las Vegas Summer League with the Dallas Mavericks this year. In six games he averaged 4.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 16.2 minutes per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor.
Looking at the physical tools, Dedmon looks like a great prospect. He’s tall, long, strong, and athletic for someone of his size. However, he lacks a great deal of skill as a post scorer and also lacks in terms of some of the mental aspects of the game.
While at training camp, the Warriors have to do what they can to fast-track Dedmon’s development. As it stands right now, he’s not really ready to play solid minutes in the NBA. However, that might not matter if the Warriors big men aren’t able to stay healthy. If that’s the case, Dedmon could very well be thrown to the lions, whether he has the tools to defend himself or not.
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