Dedric Lawson Bio: Brothers, Stats, Korea & Salary

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Dedric Lawson is a professional basketball power forward who has played since 2019. He played college basketball for the Memphis Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks.

After going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, Dedric plays for Beşiktaş Icrypex of the Turkish Super League since 2021.

He has garnered his share of the spotlight thanks to his undeniable determination and gameplay. 

Dedric Lawson Professional Basketball Player
Dedric Lawson Professional Basketball Player (Source: Basketball Champions League)

Well, basics are not a deal for Lawson; his basketball IQ is highly respectable for the field.

Before it, Lawson had played for the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League and Goyang Orion Orions.

Stick with us to know more about Dedric and his rising basketball career.

Quick Facts

Full Name Dedric Lawson
Date of Birth October 1, 1997
Birth Place Memphis, Tennessee
Nick Name Smoove
Religion Unknown 
Nationality American
Ethnicity Unknown 
Zodiac Sign  Libra
Age 26 years old
Height 6’9″/2.06 meters/206 cm
Weight 235 lb./107 kg
Hair Color Black 
Eye Color Dark Brown
Build Athletic 
Father’s Name Keelon Lawson
Mother’s Name Dedra Lawson
Siblings An Older Brother, Keelon Lawson III (K.J Lawson)
Two Younger Brothers, Chandler Lawson, And Johnathan Lawson
Education
  • Hamilton High School (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • Memphis Tigers
  • Kansas Jayhawks
Marital Status Unmarried
Girlfriend  Single
Children A Baby Daughter, Kennedy Lawson
Profession Basketball player
Position Power Forward
NBA Draft 2019 / Undrafted
Affiliations
  • Austin Spurs (2019–2020)
  • Goyang Orion Orions (2020–2021)
  • Beşiktaş Icrypex (2021–2022)
Active Years 2019-Present
Net Worth $3 Million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Last Update May 2024

 Early Life

Lawson was born on October 1, 1997, under the sun sign Libra in Memphis, Tennessee, to his parents, Dedra Lawson, and Keelon Lawson. Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, Lawson has three siblings. 

One is his older brother, Keelon Lawson III (K.J Lawson), while the other two are his younger brothers, Chandler Lawson, and Johnathan Lawson. 

As a child, Lawson admired Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts; he attended matches of the Memphis basketball team back in elementary school.

Later in the 2008 national championship game, Dedric Lawson was disheartened by the loss of Memphis over Kansas (75-68.)

Height, Weight & Body Measurements

Dedric Lawson is a muscular guy with an athletically toned body, as he has hours of rigorous training in his weight room that helps him maintain his shape. 

Apparently, he is tan-skinned with black hair and dark brown eyes, with a towering height of 2.06 meters while weighing 235 lb.

Additionally, he has opened up about drastically changing his eating habits, as he strictly restricted red meat in his meals for better cholesterol levels. 

Career

High School

As a matter of fact, Dedric Lawson is a graduate of Hamilton High School in Memphis, Tennessee.

He reclassified from 2016 to 2015 to attend the Memphis Tigers Men’s basketball team alongside his older brother, K. J. Lawson.

Overall, Lawson has garnered over 1,700 points and grabbed over 1,100 rebounds during his high school career.

He was named for the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Boys Game and the 2015 First-team Parade All-American.

When his high school career ended, Dedric Lawson was rated no.26 among the nation’s top players by ESPN.com. 

Likewise, 247sports.com also ranked him no.35, while Rivals.com and Scout.com ranked him no.26 and no.46, respectively. 

College Career & Stats 

Memphis & Stats

Apparently, Dedric spent two seasons with Memphis, and as a freshman, he averaged the team-best 15.8 points & 9.3 rebounds per game.

Following it, he posted an average of 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals. In the meantime, he was the leading one in the AAC in rebounding.

Also, he tied Keith Lee’s Memphis record for double-doubles and bagged the AAC Rookie of the Year in 2016. Additionally, he was named the AAC Rookie of the Week six times.

During the next season as a sophomore, Dedric Lawson averaged 9.9 rebounds per game with 19.2 points.

Later in 2017, Dedric announced his college transfer to Kansas; thus, he sat out a year as a redshirt to follow NCAA policy.

Kansas Highlights & Stats

Dedric was with Kansas for just a season, playing 36 games, and he maintained 19.4 ppg in scoring and 10.3 RPG in rebounding, eventually leading to the Big 12. 

Lawson For The Kansas Games
Lawson For The Kansas Games (Source: Peachtree Hoops)

Following it, Lawson decided to forgo his last season with the college. Therewith, he went on to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Scouting Report

The scouting report suggested Dedric be a valuable prospect for the NBA draft.

Also, his stats were exemplified during his one season at Kansas when he averaged a double-double with 58 percent true shooting and a PER of 28.5.

Not only at Kansas but Dedric, during his Memphis days, was also a productive player averaging 17.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game as the highlight of the Tigers.  

Additionally, a wingspan of 7’3 on his 6’9 (2.06 m) frame added a lot more advantages to him, a vital trait and qualification. Nevertheless, he remained full-time power forward and rimmed protector.

Conversely, the scouting report also suggested that Dedric has not achieved that professional standard; he is limited, lacks defensive capability, and has room for improvement.

College Stats

Year G PTS TRB AST FG% PER WS
Career 101 18.2 9.9 2.5 45.5 25.3 15.6

Professional Career

NBA Draft

After departing from the Kansas Jayhawks, Dedric Lawson was not selected in the 2019 NBA Draft, which states he went undrafted in 2019 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

They did keep him in the NBA Summer League of the Golden State Warriors roster for 2019. It was quick of him to catch up with a team in a short period.

San Antonio Spurs

After the Warriors waived him, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs NBA G League affiliate, the Austin Spurs.

His contract with the team was a non-guaranteed Exhibit 10 contract. Therewith, Dedric Lawson became a free agent. 

During his tenure with the team, Lawson maintained 33 points and 10 rebounds alongside his 10th double-double season during a 117-114 win against the Oklahoma City Blue.

Goyang Orion Orions

Following it, Dedric Lawson started playing for the Goyang Orion Orions on July 9, 2020.

Beşiktaş Icrypex

Dedric Lawson signed with Beşiktaş Icrypex of the Turkish Super League on June 2, 2021. Further, he also played for the Boston Celtics in the 2021 NBA summer league.

G League Stats

Season G FG FGA FG% FT ORB DRB TRB AST PTS
Career 42 5.4 10.2 .532 0.9 2.8 5.2 8.1 1.5 13.7

Achievements

Dedric Lawson is best known for his outside shooting ability and is an athlete with a consistent role, which makes him perfect for disrupting opposing offenses.

He has good vision finding cutters and mostly credits his basketball IQ as his biggest asset. To date, he has had the following achievements as his highlights. 

  • Second-team All-American – SN (2019)
  • Third-team All-American – AP, NABC, USBWA (2019)
  • Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (2019)
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2019)
  • First-team All-AAC (2017)
  • AAC Rookie of the Year (2016)
  • McDonald’s All-American (2015)
  • First-team Parade All-American (2015)

Dedric Lawson’s 2017 Suspension

In July 2017, Dedric Lawson was suspended temporarily, just a day before the team’s practice trip to Italy.

Kansas coach Bill Self stated that Bill wouldn’t be allowed to participate due to an altercation.

With no additional information about the situation, his older brother, KJ, made the trip to Italy for the practice. Having said this, many fans started questioning Dedric’s ability. 

Personal Life

As a fun fact, Dedric Lawson comes from a family of athletes. Indeed, both his father and mother were basketball players back in their days.

To illustrate, his father played for the UNAB, while his mother played at a DII school in Memphis. 

Additionally, while his mother graduated college, her jersey retired alongside her. His parents coached him in his early days and would even teach him the basics of the sport. Moreover, all of his siblings are into sports.

His younger brother, Chandler, is in his senior year of collegiate basketball for Memphis, while the other brother Johnathan is also in Memphis as a redshirt freshman.

His elder brother, K.J Lawson, played for the Worcester Wolves of the British Basketball League till 2022, but there is no additional information regarding his current team.

Before this, K.J. played for college teams like the Memphis Tigers, the Kansas Jayhawks, and the Tulane Green Wave.

Dedric considers KJ the most competitive person, which taught him much about self-improvement.

Girlfriend/Wife & Daughter

Dedric is open about his basketball career but is immensely restricted from publicly sharing his personal life.

Regarding the news, there is no news of his relationship, marriage, or wife. Surprisingly, Dedric, during his transfer from Memphis to Kansas, got blessed with a daughter.

Apparently, his whole family trekked to Murfreesboro, Tenn., the same day to watch Chandler’s state championship participation.

Dedric planned to visit the soon-to-be mother of his child and was already at the Nashville International Airport. But to his misfortune, some high-profile visitors had a rally the same day in the city.

While stating all this in an interview with The Topeka Capital-Journal, he ended his anecdote with a positive ending as he reached on time for the delivery of his baby.

With joy in his heart, on March 16, 2017, Dedric welcomed his adorable daughter into the world and named her Kennedy Paige Lawson.

Dedric describes his daughter as the perfect blend of sugar, sweetness, and crunch; she is clearly the apple of his eye.

Social Media Presence

All in all, you can check out his social media platforms for personal uploads of his activities. He is on Instagram as Dedric Lawson (@dsmoove1-2many), with 22.1k followers.

Similarly, his Twitter handle goes by his real name Dedric Lawson (@DSmoove1_2many), with 9.2k followers.

Search Graph 

Dedric is in the early years of his basketball career, due to which he is in a constant state of improvement each day.

Dedric Lawson's Search Graph Illustration
Dedric Lawson’s Search Graph Illustration (Source: Google Trend)

We can tally his progress and popularity rate through his search graph of approximately one year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who is Dedric Lawson's agent?

Dedric Lawson's agent is Jason Glushon from Glushon Sports Management.

What position did Dedric Lawson play at KU Jayhawks?

Dedric Lawson played in a junior forward position at Kansas Jayhawks.

Are Dedric Lawson and Shawn Occeus on the same team?

No, Dedric Lawson plays for the Goyang Orions of the Korean Basketball league, whereas Shawn Occeus plays for the Phoenix Hagen of the German ProA.

Did the New York Knicks draft Dedric Lawson in the 2019 season?

No, New York Knicks hasn't drafted Dedric Lawson. He got undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Rajani Gurung
Rajani Gurung
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