Dewayne Dedmon
Dewayne Dedmon
30-Year-Old CenterC
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
Atlanta Hawks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Dedmon will join the Kings on a three-year, $41 million deal after two years with Atlanta. Dedmon will play for his fourth team in four years after stops in San Antonio and Orlando prior to playing with the Hawks. Dedmon averaged a career-best 10.8 points to go with 7.5 rebounds in 2018, draining 1.3 threes on 38.2 percent shooting from downtown -- both career-highs. Dedmon added a long-range game to his offensive repertoire, though his biggest stride came in his defensive production. He averaged 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game in 2018, showcasing his potential as a rim-protector. The two-way player seems likely to be the Kings' starting center in 2019, and it's a role in which he could continue his growth on both ends of the floor. His biggest competition comes in the form of Harry Giles, though it's still reasonable to expect Dedmon to at least see the 26.2 minutes per game he averaged in 52 starts last season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $40 million contract with the Kings in July of 2019. Traded to the Hawks in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Dewayne Jamal Dedmon was born in 1989 at Lancaster, California, a city in northern Los Angeles County. He his the son of Thomas Dedmon and Gail Lewis and has two older sisters. The big center played his high school ball at Lancaster High School. But Dedmon's mother did not allow Dewayne to play high school basketball until his senior year. For college, Dedmon stayed close to home, first playing for Antelope Valley College in Lancaster and then transferring to USC. As a college freshman, Dedmon grew three inches and leveled off at seven feet tall. While at USC, Dedmon majored in sociology. Fans can follow the big southern California native on Twitter and Instagram @d_dedmon3.

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After only one season of high school basketball, Dewayne Dedmon played for the hometown Antelope Valley College team as a freshman in 2009-10. That year he grew three inches and was seven feet tall by the end of the season. He averaged 6.8 points and 7.8 rebounds and transferred to nearby University of Southern California. Due to transfer regulations, Dedmon redshirted the 2010-11 season. During his first season for the Trojans, the Lancaster, California native played in only 20 games due to injuries, including a torn left MCL. As a junior (2012-13), he played in 31 games (29 starts) and led USC in rebounds (7.0), defensive rebounds (4.7), offensive rebounds (2.3), blocks (2.1) and steals (1.1) per game. His 2.1 blocks per contest ranked third in the Pac-12. Dedmon decided to forgo his last year of college eligibility and declared for the 2013 NBA Draft.

Drops 14 against Hornets
CAtlanta Hawks
March 9, 2020
Dedmon finished with 14 points (6-13 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine boards, two assists and three blocks in 28 minutes of a 143-138 double-overtime win against the Hornets on Monday.
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Dedmon saw the fewest minutes of all the Hawks' starters, but that didn't stop him from approaching a double-double. In three games since returning from a four-game absence, he's averaged 10.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks.
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After going unpicked in the 2013 NBA Draft, Dedmon played Summer League games for the Heat and Mavericks. The USC product impressed enough over the summer that the Warriors signed him ahead of the 2013-14 season. After a handful of preseason games, the Warriors released Dedmon, but they re-signed him as a member of the D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors. By season's end, the rookie played in 15 D-League games for Santa Cruz and 31 NBA contests split across stops with the Warriors, 76ers and Magic. He made his NBA debut on Nov. 18 for Golden State during a win at Utah -- one of just four appearances he made with the Warriors. Dedmon spent most of December and early January showcasing his impressive scoring and rebounding abilities with Santa Cruz. In the D-League, Dedmon delivered 15.2 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Those impressive performances led the 76ers to give the rookie a 10-day contract. Dedmon came off the bench in 11 straight games for Philadelphia, posting 3.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest. But on Feb. 3, the Sixers let his second 10-day deal expire without a new contract. A few weeks later, on Feb. 25, Dedmon signed a 10-day contract with the Magic. The young center went on to play 16 games for Orlando, starting the team's final six tilts of the season. He averaged 8.7 rebounds per game during those starts, peaking with an eight-point, 13-board performance to close out the campaign.

2014

After a rookie season that included time with three NBA squads and a lengthy spell in the D-League, Dedmon found a steady home with the Magic in 2014-15. Dedmon appeared in 59 games for Orlando, making 15 starts and averaging 14.6 minutes per contest. The big young center posted 3.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per contest -- all of which represented improvements over his first campaign. He showcased much-improved shooting ability, increasing his field-goal percentage from 45.8 the year before to 56.2. On Jan. 26, Dedmon delivered his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds during a loss at Memphis. On Mar. 3, the Magic replaced head coach Jacque Vaughn with James Borrego. The new coach showed much more willingness to put Dedmon into the starting lineup. From Mar. 4 to Apr. 11, Dedmon started 15 games (and missed four due to an ankle injury). Over that span, he averaged 5.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest. On Mar. 8, Dedmon posted his second career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a win over Boston.

2015

The 2015-16 season was Dedmon's third in the Association. It was also his second as a full-time member of the Magic, for whom he played in 58 games, starting 20 times. The Californian big man posted per-game averages of 4.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks while averaging 12.2 minutes as Nikola Vucevic's backup. Dedmon came of the bench for 40 of Orlando's first 63 games and fell out of the rotation for a brief spell in early December. On Mar. 5, he was temporarily assigned to the Erie BayHawks for one game to get some extra playing time. In that game, he exploded for 17 points, 22 rebounds and three blocks versus Westchester. Vucevic suffered a groin injury in early March, though, so Dedmon found himself in the starting lineup for 16 of Orlando's last 19 games, though his minutes were still often limited. On Mar. 26, Dedmon delivered his best game of the season, collecting a career-high 18 points along with a season-high 13 rebounds and two assists during a blowout win over the Bulls. That game marked Dedmon's lone double-double of the campaign.

2016

During the summer of 2016, Orlando extended a qualifying offer to Dwayne Dedmon, making the center from USC a restricted free agent. But after the Magic signed free agent Bismack Biyombo, they rescinded Dedmon's offer and he became an unrestricted free agent. Three days later, Dedmon signed a two-year agreement with the Spurs. He went on to appear in a career-high 76 games (37 starts) for the Spurs and deliver career-high per-game averages in points (5.1) and rebounds (6.5) while shooting a career-best 62.2 percent from the field. Dedmon started the season as a reserve, backing up Pau Gasol at center. On Jan. 7, Dedmon registered a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and two steals during a home win over the Hornets. Then a Jan. 31 injury to Gasol opened up a starting role for Dedmon. The USC product was in the starting lineup for 34 of San Antonio's last 35 games. On Feb. 10, Dedmon turned in the best game of his career, collecting a season-high 17 points and a career-high 17 rebounds over 32 minutes against Detroit. The Spurs finished 61-21 and defeated Memphis and Houston in the firs two rounds of the playoffs. For the first time in his career, Dedmon played in the postseason. He appeared in 12 of San Antonio's 16 playoff games, but was slowed by an illness that limited his minutes.

2017

After playing for four different teams during his first four seasons in the NBA, Dedmon found a new home in his first season with the Hawks. The big man served as Atlanta's top center option for much of the 2017-18 season. Dedmon started 46 games while averaging 24.9 minutes per game. To say Dedmon posted career-best numbers across the board would be an understatement. His 10.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per contest were all new high-water marks by significant margins. He also contributed a combined 1.4 steals and blocks per game. Dedmon tallied 15 double-doubles, including 15-rebound games against Utah and Philadelphia in March. The big center scored in double figures on 33 separate occasions. On Nov. 15, Dedmon scored a career-high 20 points while collecting 14 boards and five assists during a blowout win over the Kings. On Feb. 11, Dedmon scored 20 points again during a close win at home over the Pistons. While he didn't match his lofty field-goal percentage numbers of seasons past, the Californian big man still drained his shots at an impressive 52.4 percent clip. He also hit 35.5 percent of his threes, a particularly impressive mark for a 7-footer.

2018

The 2018-19 season was Dedmon's second year with Atlanta and his sixth season in the Association. The 30-year-old veteran posted arguably the best shooting season of his career, as Dedmon scored a career-high 10.8 points per game and made a career-best 1.3 three-pointers per contest. The 7-footer shot an impressive and career-best 38.2 percent from behind the arc. He twice scored a career-high 24 points. The first time came Dec. 16 against the Nets, a game in which Dedmon also pulled down 12 boards. He then repeated the feat Jan. 21 during a loss to the Magic. Overall, Dedmon delivered 11 double-doubles on the season. The veteran also excelled on the defensive end like never before, averaging 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game -- both career highs. He tied his career high in blocks Feb. 23 against Phoenix, rejecting six shots while providing 18 points and eight rebounds in a 120-112 victory. On Mar. 29 versus Portland, Dedmon swatted two shots, notching the 300th block of his career in the process. Dedmon started 52 of the 64 games in which he played. He missed some time to knee and ankle injuries, including the last six games of the season.

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Transaction History
  • September 23, 2013
    Signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors.
  • October 25, 2013
    Waived by the Golden State Warriors.
  • November 18, 2013
    Signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors.
  • December 5, 2013
    Waived by the Golden State Warriors.
  • January 14, 2014
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • January 24, 2014
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • February 3, 2014
    Waived by the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • February 25, 2014
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Orlando Magic.
  • March 17, 2014
    Signed a three-year agreement with the Orlando Magic
  • July 14, 2016
    Signed a two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs
  • July 21, 2017
    Signed a two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks
  • July 8, 2019
    Signed as a free agent a three-year agreement with the Sacramento Kings.
  • February 6, 2020
    Traded by the Sacramento Kings with a 2020 2nd round draft pick and a 2021 2nd round draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Alex Len and Jabari Parker.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Playing for his third team in as many seasons, Dedmon saw the most extensive action of his career after joining Atlanta following previous stints in Dallas and Orlando. Dedmon was the team's top center for much of the year, starting 46 of the 62 games he played in, while averaging 24.9 minutes. He translated that to a near double-double of 10.0 points and 7.9 rebounds, though his efficiency took quite a bit of a hit with the increase in usage, falling to 52.4 percent from the field compared to 62.2 percent a year prior. In addition, Dedmon knocked down 50 three-pointers at a 35.5 percent clip, which was especially surprising considering the big man had never hit a three-pointer since joining the NBA in 2013. The Hawks made a few moves this offseason, most notably sending Dennis Schroder to the Thunder and Mike Muscala to the 76ers. Schroder led the Hawks' scoring attack last year, so his departure could create a few more shot attempts elsewhere on the roster. That said, it seems more likely guys like Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince and John Collins soak up those extra touches, rather than Dedmon. The Hawks did add a somewhat intriguing center in Alex Len, who has shown flashes at times when pushed into extended minutes and is just 25 years old. He could push Dedmon for playing time if he shows well during training camp, so that will be a situation to monitor. Still, Dedmon remains the favorite to open the year as a starter and that would likely come with a similar workload and overall production from the 2017-18 campaign. Look for him to be asset in deeper leagues as a rebound specialist that can hit double-digit points on a night-to-night basis, though again, it would still be wise to keep an eye on Len's progress behind him.
Dedmon's 2016-17 campaign found him in his biggest role to date. After spending the previous two seasons in Orlando, he made the jump to the contending Spurs and surprisingly stepped into a sizable role right away. Gaining coach Gregg Popovich's trust, Dedmon started 37 of the 76 games he played in, allowing him to average 17.5 minutes per contest. That was a career high and was complemented with 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting 62.2 percent from the floor. Dedmon's steady improvement allowed him to cash in with a two-year, $14 million contract with the Hawks this offseason. He's the favorite to immediately jump in as Atlanta's starting center, though he'll have to fend of any sort of push from Miles Plumlee. Still, a spot in the top unit with the Hawks should mean a decent bump in minutes, which translates to better numbers overall. Dedmon still isn't the biggest threat offensively and most of his gains should be made in the rebound and block categories. That doesn't mean Dedmon's points aren't going to change, as they'll certainly go up, but those in Fantasy shouldn't be relying on him for his scoring. Either way, Dedmon's value is on the rise as long as he doesn't flop in training camp and loses minutes to a guy like Plumlee or Mike Muscala. It's also worth it to consider the fact that Dedmon shot just 69.9 percent from the free-throw line, which hurts his value in rotisserie leagues.
An afterthought in former coach Jacque Vaughn's rotation, Dedmon didn't receive steady playing time until interim coach James Borrego started him 15 of the final 21 games. Concluding his second season in the league, Dedmon averaged 3.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in 14 minutes per game over 59 contests. He converted a healthy 57 percent of his field goal attempts, a noticeable improvement from his rookie season, but only connected on 53 percent of his free-throw tries. Dedmon replaced Channing Frye in the starting lineup in March, and while healthy, averaged 1.1 blocks as a starter. The 25-year-old center held opponents to 44 percent shooting at the rim, one of the best marks in the league, and possessed a team-best 98.5 defensive rating on the league's 25th-worst defense. However, he averaged 6.0 fouls per 36 minutes, drastically reducing his playing time. With Jason Smith trading places with Kyle O'Quinn in the offseason, and the Magic replacing interim coach Borrego with Scott Skiles, Dedmon must prove himself all over again.
Dewayne Dedmon is entering his second NBA season. During his rookie campaign - spread across three organizations and concluding in Orlando - Dedmon averaged 3.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 13 minutes per game through 31 games played. The 25-year-old center shot 46 percent from the field on 2.7 attempts and 66 percent from the free-throw line on 1.0 attempt. Dedmon spent the majority of his rookie season in the D-League and ended the regular season on a low note, starting the final six games but only converting 30 percent of his shots, a product of no longer facing second units regularly. Even with his relatively high block numbers, a rim deterrent he was not, allowing opponents to shoot 61 percent at the rim last season, second worst to Reggie Evans among non-guards with at least two chances per game. Dedmon claims to have gained eight pounds of muscle this offseason but is not on most fantasy radars as his offensive struggles and spot behind Nikola Vucevic and Kyle O'Quinn on the depth chart curtail expectations heading into the season.
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Good to go Friday
CAtlanta Hawks
March 6, 2020
Dedmon (elbow) will be available for Friday's game at Washington, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Expected back Friday
CAtlanta Hawks
Elbow
March 3, 2020
Dedmon (elbow) is expected to play in Friday's game against Washington, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.
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Participates in shootaround
CAtlanta Hawks
Elbow
March 2, 2020
Dedmon (elbow) was able to take part in some minor shooting drills during Monday's shootaround, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Won't play Monday
CAtlanta Hawks
Elbow
March 1, 2020
Dedmon (elbow) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Grizzlies, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
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Out for three games
CAtlanta Hawks
Elbow
February 27, 2020
Dedmon (elbow) underwent a non-surgical procedure Thursday to address right elbow pain. He will miss the Hawks' next three games and be re-evaluated Monday.
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