Undrafted Matthew Dellavedova Likely Will End Up as Cleveland Cavaliers’ Third Point Guard
Point guard Matthew Dellavedova went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying to make a roster in the league. In fact, as he’s signed to a two-year partially guaranteed deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers heading into training camp, he actually seems like the surest camp invite to make the Cavs’ roster.
Dellavedova played four years at Saint Mary’s before trying to make it in the NBA. In his senior season with the Gaels last year, the 6’3” guard averaged 15.8 points, 6.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game, though he shot just 40.4 percent from the floor. He did, however, hit on a solid 38.2 percent of his three-point attempts.
After not hearing his name called on draft night, though, Dellavedova got his first bit of run with Cleveland at the Las Vegas Summer League. In five games out in Vegas, he struggled to really show his full potential. Dellavedova averaged just 2.8 points, three assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. On top of that, he shot just 27.3 percent from the floor and only 20 percent from three, as well as turning the ball over 2.6 times per game.
Despite his struggles at Summer League, the Cavs realized Dellavedova’s potential and brought him to camp. Though there are limited reports of his play out of training camp thus far, simple logic seems to dictate that Delavedova should make the team’s final roster. As of right now, Kyrie Irving and Jarrett Jack are the only two point guards the Cavs have under guaranteed contracts. As most teams like to carry three point guards on their roster, Dellavedova is the only point guard they have invited to camp.
If he does end up making the Cavs’ roster like it seems he might, he could end up surprising some people. Though he was forced to carry an offense in college, he’s actually a solid facilitator at the point guard position with respectable scoring ability. He may not turn heads like Kyrie, but Dellavedova could wind up being a solid option as their third guard.
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