Dewayne Dedmon exceeded just about everybody’s expectations in his first season with the Atlanta Hawks. In a season where his shots attempted and made both doubled from the year before, Dedmon set career bests in: games started (46), minutes per game (24.9), points per game (10), rebounding (7.9 per game), and after taking one three in 224 games prior to last season he shot 50/141 from distance.
Dedmon will not be playing in tonight’s season opener against New York because of a lingering ankle injury. With Alex Len looking phenomenal in the preseason Dedmon is far from guaranteed a starting position when he is fully healthy. Whether it is as a starter of off the bench Dedmond proved he can be a valuable asset to this team. His efficiency on the offensive game is predicated to his effectiveness off screens; where he excels as a roll man and off the slip.
With two high end facilitators in Trae Young and Jeremy Lin, Dewayne Dedmon has a chance to put up solid numbers. If he can be a more impactful defensive player and stay mostly healthy after his current recovery the Hawks have an extremely valuable asset to work with.