Mar 23, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Memphis Tigers guard/forward Adonis Thomas (4) attempts to block a shot by Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) in the second half during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Evaluating Adonis Thomas and Dewayne Dedmon Before Their Second 10-Day Contracts

The Orlando Magic plan to resign Adonis Thomas and Dewayne Dedmon to second 10-day contracts today according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, making this is a good time to evaluate how they have performed in their first 10 days with the team.

With Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson, and Victor Oladipo all missing time with injuries over the past week, Adonis Thomas has gotten more run than anyone expected. Unfortunately he hasn’t distinguished himself with that opportunity. In 3 games he’s averaged 7.7 minutes, 2.3 points, 1 rebound, and .6 assists. Those numbers are dampened by the fact that he has shot 33.3% from the field and missed all three of his three pointers. For someone who has been billed as a D-League sharpshooter, those numbers are concerning.

Coach Jacque Vaughn has praised his defense, but it’s hard to tell if it’s any more than lip-service. Saying Thomas “stayed in front of the ball” isn’t exactly effusive praise. Thomas has all the tools to be a good defender, great length and strength, but he’s not that quick and is prone to rookie mistakes.

Dewayne Dedmon has had the opposite experience in Orlando, being effective in extremely limited minutes. Right now the injuries are in backcourt and Dedmon is struggling to get playing time in the healthy frontcourt.  He has gotten in two games versus the Miami Heat and the Houston Rockets averaging 2.5 minutes, 2.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, and .5 steals. He’s hit 66.7% of his shots and made his only free throw. Those are great per minute stats, with the obvious miniscule sample size caveat.

Feb 1, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Dewayne Dedmon (30) boxes out Detroit Pistons power forward Greg Monroe (10) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

But Dedmon has been effective across his 16 NBA games this season, including runs with the Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors. In 9.9 minutes per game, he’s averaging 2.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, .6 blocks, and 1.8 fouls. Those fouls are a problem but he is an elite rebounder who can put the ball in the hoop when he has to. 16 games is enough of a track record to say that Demon belongs in the league. The fact that he hasn’t gotten more run with Orlando has been frustrating, and it’s borderline cruel that Vaughn didn’t put him in against the 76ers squad that declined to re-sign him.

The fact that Orlando is extending both players another contract is an admittance that they need to see more. Both players have shown flashes, but need more game reps. We’ll see if Vaughn gives them the opportunity or if they will ride out the end of their contracts on the end of the bench.

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