Dewayne Dedmon came into his 8th season, and his 2nd with the Hawks, as a serviceable player. After coming of an average 2017-2018 season with the Hawks Dedmon exercised his player option and chose to come back another year. He knew he would be a free agent next year and with open minutes in Atlanta he had a chance to show his worth. The Hawks needed a big man to fill the paint, get rebounds, and work with the young talent, and Dedmon, knowing the system, was right for the job.
Dwayne Dedmon averaged a career high in points this year with 10.8, career high blocks, of 1.1, and minutes played with 25 a game. He was the starting center for the Hawks most games, playing 64 out of 82 games(starting 52) and was a big part in the pick and pop and development of Trae Young. Dedmon shot a career high from 3 with 38 percent and shot 3 per game. The pick and pop for 3 with him and Trae was a big part of the offense. He had his career high in points (24) twice this year (January 21 vs Orlando, 5-7 from 3)(December 16 vs Brooklyn, 5-5 from 3) and had multiple games making 4 or more 3 point shots. As often, thru his career injuries got the best of Dedmon and he was unable to finish the season or even play a full season.
Dedmon is an unrestricted free agent next year and the Hawks have yet to comment if he will return. Due to injury concerns and Alex Len on contract, I don’t see Dedmon coming back another year and won’t blame the Hawks for finding younger more valuable talent.
By: Evan Nix