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Miami Heat 2020-21 player review: Dewayne Dedmon

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After signing in early April, the 31-year-old provided a stabilizing presence for Miami’s bench unit.

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The offseason has arrived for the Miami Heat, who were swept out of the first round in the NBA playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks — losing their four games by a combined 82 points.

Before we deep dive into everything regarding the future months for this team, let’s discuss the seasons for Heat players who played and finished on the 2020-21 Heat roster.

For our sixth player review — conducted in alphabetical order — we will be backup center Dewayne Dedmon. Here’s the previous five Heat players we’ve reviewed thus far.

Let’s dive into it!


Brief Overview

2020-21 stats (16 games):

  • 7.1 PPG
  • 5.4 RPG
  • 70.8 field goal percentage
  • 73.5 true shooting percentage
  • 24.5 player efficiency rating

Dedmon appeared in just 44 combined games with the Atlanta Hawks and the Sacramento Kings last season. He was traded on Nov. 20 to the Detroit Pistons for Khyri Thomas and Tony Snell. He was waived from the Motor City four days later and eventually signed with the Heat on April 6. The journeyman, who went nearly 400 days without seeing NBA action, made an immediate impact as Bam Adebayo’s backup. He brought toughness, stability, veteran leadership and, most importantly, production to the Heat’s frontcourt.


Numbers to note:

9.1 - A statistic I highlighted when I did Achiuwa’s player review was that Achiuwa was second on the team in second-chance points per 100 possessions (4.2). The leader among that list? Dewayne Dedmon. Miami doesn’t typically crash the offensive glass — focusing more on transition defense. It tallied the league’s second-fewest second-chance points per 100 possessions (10.4) and offensive-rebounding percentage (24.0), per NBA.com. More so than Achiuwa, Dedmon was an exception — not the rule.

1.5, 1.0 - Given the minimal playing time Dedmon accrued, it’s difficult to take any of his counting statistics at face value — especially defensively. Dedmon averaged just 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks per game in 13.1 minutes per game last year; if you prorate those figures per 36 minutes, they skyrocket to 1.5 and 1.0 respectively. He wasn’t a slouch defensively when Adebayo, one of the league’s most budding defensive talents, was out of the game. Dedmon sports career averages of 1.1 steals and 1.7 blocks per 36 minutes.

15.9 - Prior to Dedmon’s arrival, Miami’s situation at the 5 behind Adebayo was hairy. Dedmon bridged the non-Adebayo minutes as good as one could ask for; the Heat outscored points by 15.9 points per 100 possessions with Dedmon on the floor and Adebayo not. That figure placed in the 98th percentile, per Cleaning the Glass. Here’s a few other statistics when Dedmon was in and Adebayo wasn’t:

  • Points per 100 possessions scored: 126.8 (99th percentile)
  • Points per 100 possessions allowed: 110.8 (72nd percentile)
  • Offensive rebounding percentage: 28.4% (88th percentile)
  • Opponent’s offensive rebounding percentage: 19.7% (99th percentile)
  • Effective field goal percentage: 57.9 (94th percentile)
  • Putback points per 100 plays: 134.3 (94th percentile)

In summary, he was #impactful!


Best game?

April 28 vs. San Antonio Spurs

Dedmon tallied a season-high 18 points, shooting a near-perfect 7-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line against his former club. The 31-year-old came one rebound shy from his second double-double of the season, also adding one block.


What’s next?

Entering last offseason, the 7-footer had two years and $26.7 million remaining on his deal — with just one of those years guaranteed. Detroit waived him using the stretch provision, so Dedmon will be making at least ~$2.87M until the conclusion of the 2024-25 season. There’s a glaring hole at Miami’s backup 5 spot, so it could re-sign the 31-year-old on a team-friendly contract. While the Heat will likely address the market first, it’s plausible that they bring back Dedmon. He’s built chemistry with Heat players and represents the mold that this organization’s all about.