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Willie Cauley-Stein believes Dewayne Dedmon is a ‘better fit’ for Kings


New Golden State Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein was complimentary of the man who took his spot on the Sacramento Kings this offseason, Dewayne Dedmon. Instead of bashing the team for replacing him, Cauley-Stein admitted that Dedmon was actually a better fit for the Kings than he was.

“I think it fits better for them in that role for what they want – shooting 3s, rim protecting, all that,” Cauley-Stein told Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee. “Obviously, they felt I didn’t do a good job at it. I think (Dedmon) is one of the good ones in the league who does that, so for them I think that’s a big-time move.”

Cauley-Stein is probably underselling his ability, though he is right that Dedmon will bring some shooting talent to the Kings that he could never supply.

In four NBA seasons, Cauley-Stein has only made four 3-pointer, including one last season. Dedmon, on the other hand, has developed into a serviceable stretch five.

In 64 games for the Hawks in 2018-19, Dedmon shot 38 percent from beyond the arc on 3.4 attempts per game. He became a reliable shooter down the run for Atlanta.

Dedmon’s skills will be a great fit in Sacramento. Alongside De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, the Kings can continue to run a high-octane offense with yet another threat from deep.