The former Trojan bounced around the league throughout the season on several 10-day contracts before arriving in Orlando. He played in four games with the Golden State Warriors in just 10 days. He then went on to play for the Philadelphia 76ers for 11 games while averaging 3.4 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game in 13.6 minutes per game.
Dedmon sits even at 7-foot brings size and depth to the center position. The only other 7-footer on the Magic roster is Nikola Vucevic.
Vucevic, also a former Trojan has been a solid center for the Magic in the past couple of seasons but injuries have been an issue this season. He injured his ankle earlier in the season and he has aggravated the same ankle a few times. Most recently, he aggravated the ankle on Friday night against the Washington Wizards. It is unknown if Vucevic will play against Golden State on Tuesday night because of the ankle sprain. Vucevic was held out of practice on Sunday and will rest on Monday when the team travels to San Francisco, CA.
Vucevic and Dedmon were teammates during their time at USC but they never had a chance to play together. During Vucevic’s junior year, Dedmon was redshirting after transferring from Antelope Valley College. Dedmon was used daily in practice to go up against Vucevic.
Having Dedmon on the roster for the remainder of the season it’s a win-win for both parties. He is great for Vucevic to go up against in practice and if Vucevic is out for any length of time he can log in some minutes.
Expect to see Dedmon get some minutes during the Magic’s four game road trip, which consists two back-to-backs.
The Golden State Warriors will host the Orlando Magic Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m. ET.