Atlanta Hawks: In Contract Year, Dewayne Dedmon is Crushing It

A swift statistical exploration of another strong season for Dewayne Dedmon of the Atlanta Hawks.

Though Dewayne Dedmon has been in and out of the lineup for the Atlanta Hawks with recurring lower-body injuries, he has produced some of the best numbers on the team over the past month and is likely only increasing his trade value ahead of the February deadline.

Who do you think leads the Hawks in three-point percentage over the past month? Rookie sniper Kevin Huerter (aka Red Pepper)? Nope. What about #5 overall pick Trae Young, known for bombing from the logo on his triples? I’m afraid not.

It’s actually lanky seven-footer Dewayne Dedmon, who has shot an astonishing 48.9 percent from long distance on 3.9 attempts per game to pace the Hawks.

Even across the league, that number is excellent.

That near-50 percent clip is good for 4th in the entire league over the past month, and he trails only a pair of Harrises (Tobias Harris and Joe Harris) and the Celtics’ Marcus Morris, who is on absolute tear this season.

All three of those players are shooting 50 percent or above from three-point range, which puts Dedmon in some elite company.

Due to his recent three-point shooting surge, Dedmon is now spotting up a lot for catch-and-shoot opportunities, and his three-point attempt rate of 37 percent is tops in his career by a wide margin.

Among Atlanta Hawks players, Dedmon is fifth in both catch-and-shoot three-point attempts per game with 2.8 and also fifth in shooting percentage in that category at 36.5 percent.

Dedmon is not just a one-trick pony, however.

His defensive numbers are among the best on the Hawks according to ESPN’s Real Plus/Minus, which ranks him just outside the Top 20 with a 1.90 Defensive RPM.

According to BBall Index’s Player Impact Plus/Minus, which removes the impact of teammates from the equation, Dedmon leads the Atlanta Hawks in Defensive PIPM with a 1.0 – one of only six Hawks with a positive D-PIPM.

In a contract year, Dewayne Dedmon is playing extremely well over the past month and all year – so let’s hope the Atlanta Hawks are able to accrue some draft assets in any trade that involves him this year.

Statistics courtesy of NBA.comBasketball Reference, ESPN and BBall Index; current as of 1-18-19.