"You can put him behind the scene and he can put out fires and block some shots and add some level of rim protection when we put him in," coach Brett Brown said after Tuesday's practice. "You know he's wide-eyed and grateful for the opportunity."
That's understandable, considering Dedmon is still a novice. His mother didn't allow him to play organized basketball while he was growing up in Lancaster, Calif.
"She wanted me to be more involved in church activities and things like that," Dedmon, 24, said. "I was under her roof. So that's what I had to do."
Dedmon started playing during his senior season at Lancaster High School in 2008. A 6-9 project, he saw limited action.
After graduating, Dedmon enrolled at Antelope Valley Community College as a part-time student in the fall of 2008. While growing three inches, he spent a year working out with the team and learning the game.
A year later, he averaged 6.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in his lone season with the AVCC basketball team. He transferred to USC in January 2011 and practiced with the team for the remainder of the season.
Dedmon played the next two seasons for the Trojans and applied for the NBA draft after his junior season of eligibility this past summer. At the time, USC coach Kevin O'Neill called Dedmon a first-round talent despite his averaging just 6.7 points and seven rebounds.
But after going undrafted, Dedmon played for the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League and the Dallas Mavericks in the Las Vegas Summer League. He had a brief stint with the Golden State Warriors, playing a total of six minutes in four games.
He looks at the Sixers as another opportunity to show that he's NBA worthy.
"Every time I get a chance or get a call-up or anything like that, it's always an opportunity," Dedmon said. "Whenever my name is called, I have to be ready to produce."
The Sixers reassigned reserve Lorenzo Brown to the Delaware 87ers, their D-League team, on Tuesday. It's the third time the rookie point guard has been sent down to the Sevens this season. He has averaged 19 points, seven assists, and five rebounds in six D-League games. In 15 appearances with the Sixers, Brown averaged 3.2 points and 1.9 assists in 11.3 minutes of action. . . . Injured reserve post player Lavoy Allen (strained right calf) scrimmaged Tuesday for the first time in six days. Brett Brown said he wasn't sure whether Allen would play against the Bobcats. The former Temple standout missed the last two games.