The last 10 days have been
eventful ones for Dewayne Dedmon.
He made his first NBA basket.
He played meaningful minutes at this level for the first time in his career.
And he even got his first trip to New York out of it.
“I’m enjoying it,” the
24-year-old said Wednesday. “I’m getting to play the Knicks. It’s definitely a
What’s an even-better feeling?
Knowing you’re sticking around for another 10 days.
Thursday, the 76ers didn’t
practice. So the only eventful news coming out of their camp was that they had
signed Dedmon to a second 10-day contract, according to a league source.
This latest deal expires Feb.
1, by which date the Sixers will have to determine whether to cut ties with
Dedmon, their rookie center, or sign him to a guaranteed contract through the
remainder of the season. The Sixers first inked Dedmon Jan. 14, from the
D-League’s Santa Cruz Warriors.
Dedmon averaged 3.6 points,
5.8 rebounds and 1.0 block in 14.8 minutes per game for the Sixers, for whom he’s
played five games. He had gotten a three-game stint earlier this season with Golden
State, for which he played only six minutes a span of nine games.
The Sixers (14-28) like Dedmon’s
intensity and rim protection on defense, and his rebounding at both ends of the
floor. On multiple occasions in the last week and a half, Sixers coach Brett
Brown has lauded the play of Dedmon, the USC product whose first foray into
organized basketball was at the age of 18.
“It’s always good to hear a coach
talk positively about you,” Dedmon said. “I’ve got to keep doing what I’ve been
He has another six games and 10
days to do just that.
Labels: D-League, Dewayne Dedmon, roster moves