The Golden State Warriors are continuing to load up on big man depth. After an off-season that involved them signing both Marresse Speights and Jermaine O’Neal plus the arrival of Bosnian center Ognjen Kuzmic, the Warriors job to add more depth to back up David Lee and Andrew Bogut continued.
The Warriors signed another center, Dewayne Dedmon. The 7-foot, 255-pound USC graduate averaged 6.7 points and 7.0 rebounds a game as a junior on Southern California. Dedmon went undrafted in June and is merely hoping to compete for a roster spot for the Warriors.
Dedmon though, will likely be another version of current Warriors center Festus Ezeli. Dedmon’s offensive game is average at best. He converts just 40 percent of his post-up shot attempts according to Synergy Sports Technology. Dedmon also put up a surprising amount of jump shots in his college career with nearly a quarter of his field goal attempts coming from midrange. Dedmon will likely not attempt as many jumpers in the future due to the Warriors cast around him.
Dedmon is also not a very good defender for his frame. He is the most foul prone player on the DraftExpress top 100 in the 2013 draft. He struggles as a weakside shot blocker and needs to work on his defensive awareness.
With Festus Ezeli still recovering from knee surgery, David Lee still rehabbing his hip injury, and with the fragile porcelain frame of Andrew Bogut always having a chance to crack any second adding another young body on a partially guaranteed contract is only a positive.