5 worst starters of the Orlando Magic’s rebuild era
Dewayne Dedmon (2014-16)
41 starts, 4.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG
Dewayne Dedmon was an undrafted rookie who was cut twice during his rookie year before signing for the rest of the season with the Orlando Magic and then eventually signing for two more years.
Dedmon never got more than 14 minutes per game on the Magic and had no expectations. But he may be the worst player to even start at least 40 games with the Magic.
Dedmon scored double digits 10 times in 133 games with the Magic and had a high of 18 points. The highest points per game he averaged for a month was 6.2 and he did that twice. He was a pretty good rebounder and shot blocker and that was it.
He had no shooting ability and no post moves, he only scored off of put-backs and lobs, and he was an average defender and a below-average rim protector. Despite his reputation as a shot blocker, he never averaged a block per game on the Magic.
He was an elite fouler, and he was a body to put in the game if Nikola Vucevic was tired or injured. He had one game where he led the Magic in points and rebounds and that was about the only accolade he had in his time with the Magic if that is even considered an accolade.
He also tallied up three double-doubles in his time with the Magic and had a high of 16 rebounds with the Magic. He had a game with six blocks and was a career 54.3/0/66.2 shooting splits on the Magic.
He had a plus/minus of -111 in his time on the Magic and it just seemed like nothing went right when he was on the court. He gave a lot of heart and hustle and was a good rebounder but the rest of his game was never developed.
After his glorious three years with the Magic, he went to the G-League before eventually getting called up by the San Antonio Spurs. It was probably a tough decision to decide to let him go but the Magic had to make a business decision.
How he got 41 starts is still a mystery and would today be considered tanking. Dedmon did not crush any Magic fans’ heart and was never a major piece for the Magic.