Dewayne Dedmon is looking like quite the pick-up for Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie. He’s become an inside presence the Sixers need.
Dedmon has become the Sixers’ best interior bench player over the last two games he played since signing a 10-day contract. He will most likely remain with the team for the remainder of the season as long as he keeps rebounding and blocking shots.
He’s averaging seven rebounds and 1.5 blocks with the Sixers. The 7-foot center is making the best of his stint in Philly after spending time with Golden State Warriors D-League affiliate Santa Cruz Warriors.
Dedmon has been a good addition so far after a brief stay with Golden State earlier this season where he didn’t get much playing time. The Sixers’ backup center had seven rebounds and two blocks in his Sixers debut, but most impressive was Friday night’s performance against the Miami Heat.
He was a spark off the bench as he muscled his way in the paint to grab seven rebounds, three were offensive. Most important is his post game. Dedmon managed to score seven points on 3-for-5 shooting. He provided the Sixers with some much needed scoring in the fourth quarter to help them cut the lead.
The former USC center is giving D-Leaguers a chance to show NBA teams what they’ve been missing. The Sixers face the Chicago Bulls Saturday so it could determine if Dedmon really belongs in the league this year. He’ll have his hands full defending Bulls star center Joakim Noah and former Sixer Nazr Mohammed.