Dewayne Jamal Dedmon is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Dedmon attended Lancaster High School in Lancaster, California. Dedmon attended Antelope Valley College as a part-time student after graduating from Lancaster in 2008.
As a freshman at Antelope Valley in 2009–10, he helped the Marauders to a 17–14 record while averaging 6.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. With seven blocks against Chaffey College, he tied the school record for most blokcs in a sinlge game. He had a total of 46 blocks for the season. Dedmon attended the University of Southern California. After struggling to score as a junior for the USC in the 2012-13 season, Dedmon had the best stretch of his career towards the beginning of USC's conference slate, averaging 10.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and three blocks per game in 5 games.
Dedmon joined the Miami Heat for the Orlando Summer League and the Dallas Mavericks for the Las Vegas Summer League after going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft. He was then signed by the Golden State Warriors and was later waived by them after appearing in 5 pre-season games. He was later acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of Golden State. After multiple to and fro re-calling and waiving with the Warriors, Dedmon signed a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers and made his debut in the NBA. Dedmon signed another 10-day contract before parting ways with the 76ers as they elected not to re-sign him for the rest of the season. Dedmon finally signed a multi-year deal and spent a full season with the Orlando Magic after signing two 10-day contracts.
At the start of the 2016-2017 season, Dedmon signed with the San Antonio Spurs. He earned the starting center spot under the tutelage of Greg Popovich and helped the Spurs reach the Western Conference Finals where they got swept by the Golden State Warriors. Dedmon signed with the Atlanta Hawks in 2017. Averaging 10 points and 7.9 rebounds per game on 52.4 percent shooting from the field for the year, Dedmon had the best season of his career so far. He also recorded a career-high 20 points and had 14 rebounds in a 126–80 win over the Sacramento Kings.