You’ll rarely hear of a player going from undrafted to a few years later being able to choose between two of the best teams in the NBA: the Spurs and Warriors. That was Dewayne Dedmon’s situation last summer, and he chose to move to San Antonio. Then at the end of January, the journeyman became the full-time starting center for a franchise that’s won 50-plus games for 18 straight seasons, including this one.
What else? Dedmon, who’s been averaging 6.5 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 73.3 percent during his 20-game stretch as a starter, didn’t start playing basketball until his senior year of high school.
In a video chat with the NBPA, the 27-year-old, who wasn’t selected in the 2013 draft, discussed his unique hoops journey; Spurs experience getting assistance from Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan (even from his auto shop); emerging fashion interests working with a personal stylist; and community work targeting at-risk families.