Dewayne Dedmon came to the Sixers with a short NBA résumé but a definitive reputation.
“I bring energy. I rebound the ball and I block shots. That is what I came here to do,” Dedmon said. “I am pretty satisfied. I feel like I came here and did what I was supposed to do and we have another one on Friday and I am going to try and do it again.”
Dedmon played 14 minutes against Charlotte on Wednesday, his first game action after signing a 10-day contract on Tuesday. He grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots in the Sixers’ 95-92 win over the Bobcats.
It was just one game but Dedmon impressed his new coach.
“You could see what he was built to be and it is true, he can run,” Brett Brown said. “He is mobile and there is a tenacity and a toughness, and from a technical side you see that he understands NBA rules with verticality. Him going straight up making them take tough shots over bodies. He didn't come down and put people on the line.”
The Sixers have been shorthanded with backup big men recently. Lavoy Allen has been sidelined the past three games with a right calf strain and the team waived Daniel Orton last week.
Dedmon was part of a bench effort that produced 18 points and 14 rebounds. Those numbers might sound modest but the reserves’ impact went beyond the stat sheet.
“The bench played hard. We pressed a lot and we got rewarded for it,” Brown said. “We were on the floor quite a bit diving for loose balls. I thought the bench came in and really energized us. They earned their paychecks tonight.
“I still have confidence that bench can be a bomb squad. They can come in and be a wrecking crew and create energy and eventually get us running.”