March 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans forward Dewayne Dedmon (14) reacts after drawing a foul against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the second half at Galen Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors: Dewayne Dedmon Agrees to Rookie Deal

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.

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  • kromman

    What the heck. Stick him with Santa Cruz and bring him up when and if he’s ready. Sounds like a good guy to take a flyer on.
    What ever happened to Omar Samhan? He didn’t have NBA athleticism, but he had hustle, bulk and Basketball IQ. If I were GM for a day, I’d consider giving a guy like that a slot over some athletic dude who probably won’t work out.

    • Ben Pickman

      Precisely. He seems like a good guy to take a flyer on. If worst comes to worst, the Warriors will just cut him and have no consequence. If he can somehow blossom into something either this season or next or in 3 years then it is a win win.