Dewayne Dedmon has been a surprise pickup for the Philadelphia 76ers they may decide to keep him for the remainder of the season. They’ll be deciding by tomorrow when second 10-day contract expires.
The seven-foot center from USC has been an inside presence for the Sixers. Dedmon has been what the Sixers need from a backup center. He blocks shots and grabs offensive rebounds.
The former D-Leaguer beat out Jarvis Varnado, Kyrylo Fesenko and Hamady N’Diaye for the Sixers’ open spot earlier in the month. His stats may not give the full picture, but he has been stepping out defending opponents and boxing out to grab rebounds.
In Dedmon’s first three games with the Sixers, he averaged seven rebounds and five points. He’s averaging 4.3 rebounds and three points per game since joining the Sixers. Those stats may not seem like much, however, Dedmon is playing just 13.1 minutes per game.
During the 101-86 loss to the Miami Heat, Dedmon showed his potential. He scored seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and held forward Chris Bosh to six rebounds.
Spencer Hawes has been playing too many minutes and his health started to get affected. He averages over 31 minutes per game. With Hawes and Dedmon, the Sixers have two seven-footers to compete against the league’s bigger teams.
He makes the undersized Sixers bigger with his frame. This season’s team has been missing centers Nerlens Noel and Arnett Moultrie this season.
Backups Brandon Davies and Lavoy Allen also dealt with injuries. The Sixers are basically down to Dedmon, Hawes and Allen in the middle.
Surprisingly, the Sixers are in the top 10 in rebounds. They can credit Dedmon for that.