Miami Heat: Dewayne Dedmon coming on at the right time

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14)(Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14)(Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat needed a big man to add to their rotation and it appears that they may have one. Though it wasn’t official, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sentinel, most people had already saw or heard about the reports.

Also, as many people thought that the deal between Dewayne Dedmon and the Miami Heat would be a 10-day contract to see what he could offer this Heat team, it appears that it is a standard deal. You know what, good for all parties involved.

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The Miami Heat needed a big man and Dewayne Dedmon fits the bill.

Good for Dedmon, for latching on to a team that can use him, that will know how to use him, one that could likely mean a deep postseason run, and potentially even a title chance. Good for the Miami Heat for getting out there, being aggressive, filling that need, and doing so with a guy that can offer you really good production in areas of massive need right now.

The Miami Heat were absolutely manhandled in the painted area, on the glass, and at the rim by the Grizzlies on Tuesday. To be more specific and brutally honest, Jonas Valanciunas absolutely owned the Miami Heat by his lonesome and especially in the first period.

He scored almost half of their first quarter points, 15 to be exact and did so while dominating the Heat on the glass by himself. Ironically enough, games like the one that JV was able to have on Tuesday for the Grizzlies and at the Heat’s expense, are exactly why they had to bring in Dedmon.

He should immediately help them in the rebounding department, as anything would be a great help to a team that ranks near the bottom. Playing 44 games between Sacramento and Atlanta last season, his most recent stretch of play, he averaged an almost identical 5.8 points and 5.7 rebounds across just 17 minutes played.

If he can offer the Heat the production he last offered on a per game basis, another nearly identical 8.1 points and 8.2 rebounds that he offered Atlanta over his last 10 games in the league and across just 20 or so minutes, he would be a major grab for Miami.

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Again, with the way that Valanciunas was able to move around on Tuesday though, anything is better than what they currently have, alone, right? You have to believe so and adding Dedmon to that bunch should go a long way towards solidifying it.