Miami Heat: 3 reasons why Dewayne Dedmon should fit right in

Andre Iguodala #28 of the Miami Heat denies a shot by Dewayne Dedmon #14 (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Andre Iguodala #28 of the Miami Heat denies a shot by Dewayne Dedmon #14 (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /
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Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat is called for an offensive foul against Dewayne Dedmon #14(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

Dewayne Dedmon’s Fit With Miami Heat: His Journey

The Miami Heat are a team that excels as the underdog. It feeds right into the mentality of who they are and want to be anyways.

They are going to outwork you and they want to feel like people doubt them. They seem to feed off of it.

Dedmon’s Journey

Dedmon’s journey is very Miami Heat like in the way that his whole basketball career has unfolded. The guy didn’t play ball in high school until later on, while he didn’t even start off his college career playing basketball either and hear this!

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He was only a part-time student at what seems like a Community College to begin with. Not that there is a problem with the CC system, as a lot of great people and athletes begin there, however, it speaks to the sheer resilience, amazingness, and inspiration that is Dedmon’s NBA career and journey.

Here’s a little bit more from his bio, according to his alma mater in USC.

"2008-09: Attended Antelope Valley as a part-time student, working out and learning the game. He also grew three inches to 7-feet and filled out to 225 pounds HIGH SCHOOL: Dedmon graduated from Lancaster High in Lancaster, Calif. in 2008. Dedmon did not play high school basketball until his senior season. He was 6-9 and still learning the game and saw limited action. PERSONAL:Dedmon was born on August 12, 1989. He did not begin playing organized basketball until his senior season of high school due to religious reasons."

What a story, right? Even with that though, he battled through a ton of injury in college and even fought through going undrafted in the NBA Draft to become and remain a full-time pro.

His story parallels with the philosophy and approach of the Miami Heat and that’s the first reason why he should fit right in. He isn’t a stranger to their mentality.