Dellavedova & Cleveland
Found this on ESPN's rumor section. Could be another undrafted guy getting a roster spot. I think it'd be a good fit. Dellavedova is a big guard with international experience, not a high upside guy, but I think he stands a chance.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will have 13 roster spots taken up once they finally get around to signing rookie forwards Anthony Bennett (No. 1 overall) and Sergey Karasev (No. 19 overall). The Cavs will likely look at filling the third point guard position with one of the last two roster spots and player who has a shot at the job is Matthew Dellavedova.
From Bob Finnan of The News-Herald: "Dellavedova has been invited to Cavs' training camp, a source confirmed. He caught the eye of the Cavs at summer league. Dellavedova, a native of Australia, is in the running to be the Cavs' third point guard behind Kyrie Irving and Jarrett Jack."
Dellavedova played five games with the Cavs summer team and he averaged 2.8 points and 3.0 assists.
Thanks. I thought he was underrated in college. Hope he actually makes the roster along with Kadji.
@JoeWolf I remember you saying he could make a nba roster..When alot of other posters said he had no chance,becuz he couldnt guard anyone and lacked quickness...But coaches go to Summer League to find those gems that can do the little things that their teams needs and they something in him...
I dont see him getting alot of playing time this season playing behind Kyrie,Jack and Waiters who also can play the point....But Coach Brown said he loves that he's fearless,competitive and tough..And he will push Kyrie,Irving and Waiters in practice....
According to his father, when he signed with the Cavs he got a partial guarantee (like 50,000, can't remember whether I'm guessing or heard that number somewhere). I hope he makes the final roster, Higgins did okay in Summer League too but he is not a pure point guard. I imagine Dellavedova he has some oversea offers on the table. Jermaine Taylor played like a beast and if it were between him and Dellavedova, I would go with Taylor.
Not everyone in the roster can have John Wall's quickness. Dellavedova is a very good passer and at least decent defensively. I hope he gets an opportunity in the league. If not, he looks like a great international basketball PG anyways.
Wait so a guy who averaged less than 3 points per game in summer league action got himself an invite to training camp? Yet, Khalif Wyatt who averaged like 16 ppg at the Orlando Summer league hasn't gotten one yet?
Im just saying Dellavedova isn't good enough to play in the NBA and I think his play in the summer league was proof
His shot wasn't falling during Summer League, and he didn't take a real aggressive stance in looking for his shot. The most he took in a game was 6, but he did do a good job of handling the ball, and he's great using the ball screen and pick and roll heavy schemes ( probably the main reason he's moving on, think Brian Roberts).
He hit 7.3 ppg 4.5 apg 3.8 rpg and 2.2 spg in Olympic play, including games against team USA, Russia, and Spain. Those are much better teams than any Summer League opponent. A guy who drops 10 points 7 assists and grabs 6 rebounds against team Russia obviously has some ability to play at a much higher level than summer league. 3 days of practice and thrown together rosters aren't the end all and be all of who can play in the NBA.
I'd take him over Wyatt any day. They're about the same size and same caliber of athlete, but the big difference is that Dellavedova is a point guard and Wyatt is a shooting guard. We all know a 6'4'' point guard who's great at the pick and roll has a lot more value than a 6'4'' shooting guard who needs to shoot 10 times to be effective.