Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova is back in the NBA.
One of the most popular Cleveland Cavaliers of the last 15 years is back in the NBA, as Matthew Dellavedova has signed with the Sacramento Kings. The Australian-born Dellavedova returned to the National Basketball League of Australia for the 2021-2022 season. In doing so, he brought his stock back up and garnered the interest of the Kings.
Playing for the Melbourne United basketball club, Dellavedova had an impressive year. He played 27 games, one shy of a full NBL season, and led them to the playoffs. He averaged 25 minutes per game, 11 points, and five assists while shooting 41% from the floor and 38% from three-point.
Dellavedova has always had a rough shot, but his defense and passing were always his strengths. He wasn’t nearly as athletic as Ricky Rubio, but they have the same strengths for the most part.
The 6’3 Dellavedova will now look to compete for a roster spot with the Sacramento Kings, and it’s a good chance he makes the team, as the Kings’ head coach is Mike Brown. Brown coached the Cavaliers during Dellavedova’s rookie year, so the two have history and I’d bet that Brown was a big reason why the team brought him in.
Matthew Dellavedova should flourish in Sacramento
Part of me is miffed that the Cavs didn’t go and get Dellavedova before Sacramento did. Granted, concussions and neck issues were a problem for him, but seeing him be able to play a full season in the NBL has made me reconsider his viability.
That said, even if the roster was reshuffled a bit to open up a spot for him, he’d get zero minutes on this team. His lack of three-point shooting would make him a hindrance. Defensively, he fits right in, but we already have Dellavedova 2.0 in Isaac Okoro and the idea of those two men sharing the court together gives me hives.
They’d be like Italians in the early 1900s U.S., only being able to find employment working with bricks.
if the Kings fall off the cliff though, which I’m rooting against because again, I like Brown, and the Cavs have injuries at the guard position again, may I suggest going after Dellavedova?