Hailing from the 2013 NBA draft, Dewayne Dedmon played a total of 62 games for the Atlanta Hawks this season and proved to be a great offensive weapon on the court. In those 62 games, Dedmon averaged 24.9 minutes of playing time, 10 PPG game, 52.4 Field Goal %, 35.5% 3-point %, 7.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.8 blocks.
Dedmon spent some time with the G-League affiliate Erie Bayhawks in 2016 before signing with the San Antonio Spurs the same year. In his stint with the Spurs, he was a starting Center in 3 games in the playoffs series. Through his experience in the league and with the game, Dedmon was able to provide veteran like qualities and decision making for this young Hawks team that needed it.
In the start of the 2017-2018 season, Dewayne Dedmon started in a few games and also came off the bench at times. As the season continued, Dedmon made a case for himself as a starter after being a dependable player at the five by playing consistently better than his previous seasons. By the end of the season, he started in more games than not (46-16).
Dedmon achieved a career high 20 points against the Sacramento Kings late last year in order to prove to Coach Budenholzer that he was a reliable player at the five and a great option as a starter in the lineup over Miles Plumlee, solidifying his role within the Atlanta Hawks team. Apart from having the strength and size for his position, Dedmon added versatility and wholeness to his game by becoming one of the handful of big men in the NBA that added the 3 point shot to their game successfully. A great example of when his versatility was evident was this last April against the Celtics at the TD Garden. By making 2 out of 3 of his 3-pt shots, 1 assist, 1 block, and grabbing 4 rebounds, he played a large part in the 112-106 victory over the Eastern Conference 2nd ranked Celtics.
Personally, I believe Dedmon is a solid piece for the Hawks and would love for him to continue to be successful in Atlanta. After bouncing around from team to team, G-League to the NBA, it seems to me like Dedmon has found a place to call home and a place to continue to, hopefully, outperform himself from his previous seasons.
Arturo Principe | @ArturoPrincipe1
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