Dewayne Dedmon did not play basketball competitively until his senior year of high school. Still, he ended up at the University of Southern California after playing for a year at Antelope Valley College. At USC, it was clear that Dedmon did not have the same basketball background as most Division I players, but he still managed to produce due to his superior size. At 7-foot-0, 255 lbs, Dedmon’s size is impressive, but not impressive enough to be drafted this summer. After going undrafted, Dedmon will get a shot this season with the Golden State Warriors.
Dedmon managed to earn a spot on the Warriors’ training camp roster, but was sent to the D-League before the season started. An injury to center Jermaine O’Neal led to Dedmon getting called up on Nov. 18. Since then, he has only seen two minutes of playing time.
With O’Neal and Andrew Bogut as the Warriors’ centers, Dedmon won’t see much action when those two are healthy. However, both O’Neal and Bogut are notorious for missing time with injuries, so Dedmon will likely get some opportunities to play this season.
Dedmon’s game is still undeniably raw, and time in the D-League will definitely help him better learn the game of basketball. But as the cliche goes, you can’t teach height, and Dedmon is a big fellow. He dominated in the D-League before being called up, using his exceptional length, size and speed to score easy buckets and change the game on the defensive end.
It will be a while before Dedmon can affect an NBA game in the same way, but his size and speed should allow him to be effective as he fills in for O’Neal and or Bogut. How much he progresses is up to him, as he has the physical tools to be a dominant NBA center.