DeWayne Dedmon will come off the bench Friday against the Jazz, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Dedmon started each of the last four games while Nikola Vucevic was hampered by a knee injury, but with Vucevic now healthy, he'll reprise his role as the first center off the bench. Dedmon is not known for his offensive prowess, but he's a capable rebounder, averaging 8.7 boards over his last three outings.
DeWayne Dedmon scored 10 points (3-5 FG, 4-6 FT) with four rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes during Friday's win over the Raptors.
Getting the start in place of the injured Nik Vucevic, Dedmon was able to assert himself under the rim, although he didn't contribute much else. Vucevic isn't expected to be out long, but Dedmon could be a useful short-term source of blocks while he's sidelined.
The Orlando Magic have confirmed that DeWayne Dedmon will start in place of Nikola Vucevic (knee) on Friday.
Vucevic is battling a bone bruise in his knee, so Dedmon will move into the starting lineup in his stead. Dedmon played 26 minutes against Houston on Wednesday, finishing with four points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals before fouling out. Dedmon is a far superior defender to Vucevic, but he's far from the same talent offensively.
DeWayne Dedmon is expected to enter the starting lineup at center Friday against the Raptors, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Regular starter Nikola Vucevic was exited the second half of Wednesday's loss to the Rockets with a non-contact knee injury, which was diagnosed Thursday as a bone bruise on his right knee. While the injury isn't believed to be a long-term concern, it'll sideline Vucevic for at least Friday's game, which should enable Dedmon, his top backup, to pick up his first start of the season. Dedmon is averaging a modest four points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks over four games this season, but those numbers have come in just 16.5 minutes per contest. If he can receive around 25 minutes Friday, he could be an excellent value play in daily formats.
Orlando Magic center DeWayne Dedmon recorded eight points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks over 20 minutes in a preseason defeat of the Miami Heat on Tuesday.
The 7-footer looks the part of the imposing presence in front of the rim, but he's unlikely to parlay that into an abundance of court time with Orlando. He averaged just 14.5 minutes of action while playing in 59 games a season ago.
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