He’s a native of Australia but right now, Matthew Dellavedova is feeling right at home with the Cleveland Cavaliers. During Summer League action for Cleveland, Dellavedova impressed the Cleveland coaches with his leadership, intelligence and overall capabilities as a player. They’re also confident that his leadership abilities will eventually emerge for the Cavaliers.
That’s critical for a team trying to rebuild with talented young players and hoping to get back to being an NBA playoff contender.
Dellavedova averaged 14.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds a game in all four seasons for St. Mary’s College in California. He never averaged less than 12.1 points or less than 35 minutes per game. He was one of the better players in his conference as a senior, averaging 15.8 points and 6.4 assists per game. He comes to the NBA with the potential of being a proficient shooter.
Right now, he appears to have a solid chance of making an impact as a bench player for the Cavs. In training camp, he’s going after the third point guard spot behind Kyrie Irving and Jarrett Jack. His athleticism could also help Dellavedova be an impact player. With the depth the Cavs have at that spot, it won’t be easy early in the season unless he exercises patience and continues to have a good work routine.
Dellavedova was undrafted, but after getting a shot on the Cleveland summer league team, the Cavs signed him to a two-year partial guaranteed contract. That’s a solid indication that Cleveland believes Dellavedova can have both a short- and long-term impact on the franchise, and become one of Australia’s very few impact players to make it to the NBA.