Sixers 3 goals: Dewayne Dedmon has to provide toughness, leadership
The Philadelphia 76ers made their move in the buyout market when they brought in veteran big man Dewayne Dedmon for the rest of the season. Dedmon is in his 10th season in the league out of USC, and at 33 years old, will look to help the Sixers get it done in the playoffs.
Dedmon played 30 games for the Miami Heat in the 2022-23 season before he was sent to the San Antonio Spurs in a deal before being waived and then joining the Sixers. He averaged 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Heat before the deal.
In order for Dedmon to make an impact for the Sixers over these final 25 games before the playoffs begin, there are three things he must provide for this team:
This seems to be a theme with all of Philadelphia’s previous additions. Dedmon has been through a lot in his 10 seasons in the league and he has to be able to provide this team with some type of edge going into this final stretch and into the playoffs in order for the Sixers to have the success they so desperately crave. He dealt with a plantar fasciitis issue earlier in the season so that could be an issue, though.
Provide leadership for the bench unit
Dedmon can give some leadership for Paul Reed at the big man spot as well as the other options on the bench unit. He provided some good minutes for the Heat in the 2022 playoffs in order to help them reach the Eastern Conference finals and one win away from the NBA finals. He will have to provide that same impact for the Sixers.
Give something on both ends of the floor
All season long, the Sixers have been relying on Reed and Montrezl Harrell to be the backup to Joel Embiid. The issues so far with them have been inconsistencies and a lack of size. Dedmon is 7 feet tall and he has to be able to produce on both ends of the floor while Reed is more of a defensive presence and Harrell provides the offense. Dedmon has got to give both.