Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
29-Year-Old GuardG
Cleveland Cavaliers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Dellavedova delivered averages of 5.9 points (40.5 FG%, 33.8 3P%, 80.8 FT%), 3.8 assists, 1.6 rebounds, 0.9 threes and 0.3 steals in 16.9 minutes per game across 48 appearances in 2018-19. None of those numbers are significantly worse than his career averages. However, Dellavedova did finish with career lows in boards, steals and minutes. He was mostly a bench warmer for the Bucks in the beginning of the season, averaging just 8.1 minutes through 12 games before being traded to the Cavaliers. In Cleveland, Dellavedova supplied a decent stat line of 7.3 points (41.3 FG%, 33.6 3P%, 79.2 FT%), 4.2 dimes, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 threes, 0.3 steals and 0.1 blocks in 19.9 minutes per contest before a concussion sidelined him for the final month of the season. Nevertheless, with the Cavaliers drafting another point guard in Darius Garland to go along with Collin Sexton, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Knight, Dellavedova's counting stats may suffer an even more noticeable nosedive in 2019-20. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $38.43 million contract with the Cavaliers in July of 2016. Traded to the Bucks in July of 2016. Traded to the Cavaliers in December of 2018.
Personal Bio

Matthew William Dellavedova was born in 1990 in Maryborough, Australia to Mark and Leanne Dellavedova. He attended the Australian Institute of Sport for three years and competed in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL). In his second season, Dellavedova averaged 15.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists while notching five 20-plus-point efforts. He was considered one of the top Australian junior players and was recruited to Saint Mary's College in California. Dellavedova has represented his home country in several events, including the 2009 FIBA U-19 World Championship, the 2014 and 2019 World Cups, and both the 2012 London Summer Olympics and 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@matthewdelly).

College/International Summary

St. Mary's College has long had a recruiting pipeline from Australia. Coach Randy Bennett has not done better than when he brought in Dellavedova in 2009. The 6-foot-4 guard started 132 games in four seasons for the Gaels and averaged at least 12.1 points and 4.5 assists in each season. The squad also made the NCAA Tournament in three of the guard's four seasons in Moraga. Dellavedova helped the team to one of their best seasons as a freshman. They were able to avenge a regular-season sweep at the hands of Gonzaga by beating the Bulldogs in the WCC Tournament. In the Big Dance, the team advanced to the Sweet 16 by beating Richmond and Villanova before losing to Baylor. As a sophomore, the Australian averaged 13.4 points and 5.3 assists, but the Gaels were not invited to the NCAA, despite winning 25 games and going 11-3 in WCC play. In 2011-12, the Gaels split with Gonzaga in the regular season and beat the Zags behind 22 points from Dellavedova in the WCC Final. The guard averaged 15.5 points and 6.4 assists. He had three double-doubles. As a senior, he provided similar numbers (15.8 points, 6.4 assists) and helped the Gaels earn an at-large bid to the Big Dance. Gonzaga was the only team to beat St. Mary's after Dec. 23. The team beat Middle Tennessee State in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and Dellavedova scored 22 points. After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, Dellavedova joined the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2013 NBA Summer League.

Eight points, eight assists in loss
GCleveland Cavaliers
March 10, 2020
Dellavedova accumulated eight points (3-3 FG, 2-2 3Pt), eight assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 34 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.
ANALYSIS
In his last game, Dellavedova played 45 minutes, and put up a solid double-double of 14 points and 11 assists. He started this game off a bit slow, failing to attempt a single shot in the first quarter, and finishing the game with eight points on just three field-goal attempts. However, he unsurprisingly salvaged his night in the assist column. Combining for 33 dimes over his last three outings, Delly remains a decent streaming option as long as Darius Garland (groin) is sidelined.
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2019

Dellavedova appeared in 57 games during the 2019-20 season with the Cavaliers. He averaged 3.1 points, 3.2 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 14.4 minutes. He shot 35.4 percent from the field, 23.1 percent from three and 86.5 percent from the free-throw line. Dellavedova set a new single-game career highs with 14 assists Mar. 7 against the Nuggets. He also set single-game season highs of 14 points, six rebounds, two threes, one steal and one block. Dellavedova scored at least 10 points on three occasions, grabbed at least five rebounds twice and dished out at least five assists 10 times. He also racked up at least one steal 20 times and at least one block twice. Dellavedova also hit at least one three-pointer in 16 games. He recorded one double-double. In four games that Dellavedova saw at least 30 minutes, he averaged 7.3 points, 9.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds.

2018

Dellavedova began the 2018-2019 season with the Milwaukee Bucks. After playing 12 games with Milwaukee, he was traded back to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team trade featuring the Washington Wizards. In the trade, Cleveland received Dellavedova, John Henson and three draft picks. Milwaukee received George Hill, Jason Smith and a draft pick. Washington received Sam Dekker. In his 2018-19 Cavs debut on Dec 10., Dellavedova scored 11 points in 16 minutes against his former Bucks team. On Jan. 9, the guard registered a season-high 17 points against the New Orleans Pelicans. "Delly" matched a career-high with 13 assists against the Brooklyn Nets in a triple-overtime game on Feb. 13. Dellavedova played in 36 games with the Cavs before shutting it down after a Mar. 6 game against the Nets in which he suffered a concussion.

2017

Dellavedova appeared in 38 games for the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2017-2018 campaign. In his second season with the franchise, Delly averaged 4.3 points and 3.8 assists per contest. He had three nine-assist outings, and a season-high 10 dimes at Toronto on New Year's Day. Dellavedova reached double figures on four occasions, including a season-high 15 points at Boston in the season opener. Delly shot 37.2-percent from three-point land, the third-highest percentage for his career. Had he qualified, Dellavedova would have led the NBA in foul shooting, as he hit 92.6 percent from the charity stripe (25-for-27). Known also as a defensive pest, Dellavedova tallied two steals on three separate occasions. He appeared in six playoff games for the Bucks, He played 13 minutes per playoff game, averaging 2.0 points and 2.7 assists. Delly collected six assists in a Game 6 win over the Boston Celtics.

2016

After signing with the Bucks as a free agent in the summer of 2016, Dellavedova appeared in 76 games for Milwaukee, making 54 starts in a career-high 26.1 minutes per game. Dellavedova established career-bests in scoring (7.6 PPG) and assists (4.7 APG), while adding 1.9 rebounds and 0.7 steals. Dellavedova began the season with four straight double-digit scoring efforts, including 14 points, nine assists and three steals in a win over the Nets on Oct. 29. Against the Pelicans on Nov. 10, Dellavedova handed out a season-high 12 assists -- a total he'd match against Denver on Feb. 3. In a win over Brooklyn on Dec. 3, Dellavedova scored a season-high 18 points, to go with six assists. Versus Minnesota on March 11, he hit a season-high four three-pointers en route to 16 points, two assists and one rebound. In the playoffs, Dellavedova appeared in all six of Milwaukee's first-round games against Toronto. In Game 6, he registered 12 points, four assists, four rebounds and a steal in 34 minutes.

2015

Dellavedova was once again a key piece for the Cavaliers, appearing in 76 games and making 14 starts. In 24.6 minutes per game, he averaged then-career-bests in scoring (7.5 PPG), assists (4.4 APG), rebounds (2.1 RPG) and steals (0.6 SPG) per game. Dellavedova also shot a career-best 41.0 percent from three on 3.1 attempts per game -- also a career-best until that year. The Australian had a career-high 27 games with at least 10 points. He scored a season-high 20 points, to go with two assists, two steals and two blocks, in a win over Philadelphia on Dec. 20. In a win over Milwaukee on Nov. 19, Dellavedova notched a season-best 13 assists. His lone double-double of the season came against Oklahoma City on Dec. 17, when he posted 11 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes off the bench. In the postseason, Dellavedova appeared in 20 of 21 games as the Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year. In Round 1 against Detroit, Dellavedova had two double-digit scoring games. He appeared in Games 1 through 6 of the NBA Finals against Golden State, scoring 16 total points to go with six assists and three rebounds.

2014

In his second NBA season, Dellavedova appeared in 67 games and made 13 starts for the Cavaliers. In 20.6 minutes per game, the Australian posted 4.8 points, 3.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds per contest, while shooting 36.2 percent from the field. Dellavedova hit 40.7 percent of his three-pointers, however, while draining 76.3 percent of his free throws. Dellavedova scored in double-figures nine times, including a season-high 18 points, to go with 12 assists (also a season-high), three rebounds and two steals against the Wizards on Apr. 15. Dellavedova hit a season-best four threes in that game -- a total he matched on two other occasions. Against the Pacers on Feb. 27, Dellavedova took a season-high 18 field goal attempts and finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. In the postseason, Dellavedova appeared in all of Cleveland's 20 games as the Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals. In the Eastern Conference Finals against Atlanta, Dellavedova scored in double-figures in three consecutive games, posting 11 points in Game 2, 17 points in Game 3 and 10 points in Game 4, as Cleveland swept the series. He scored a playoff-career-high 20 points in Game 3 of the Finals against the Warriors. In Game 4 versus Golden State, Dellavedova recorded 10 points, four assists, one rebound and one steal.

2013

As a rookie, Dellavedova appeared in 72 games for the Cavaliers, including four starts. In 17.7 minutes per game, Dellavedova averaged 4.7 points, 2.6 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 0.5 steals. He shot 41.2 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from three and 79.2 percent at the line. Dellavedova made his NBA debut against the Pacers on Nov. 2, playing one minute off the bench and finishing scoreless. He scored his first NBA points on Nov. 11 in Chicago. The Australian scored in double figures 13 times, topping out with 21 points in a win over Detroit on Mar. 26. Dellavedova handed out a season-high 12 assists against the Pistons on Apr. 9, also adding 14 points. Against the Rockets on Mar. 22, Dellavedova finished with 14 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. From Mar. 20 through Apr. 9 (11 games), Dellavedova averaged 8.6 points, 5.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game.

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Transaction History
  • August 1, 2013
    Signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • July 27, 2015
    Signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • July 7, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks
  • December 7, 2018
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Milwaukee Bucks with John Henson, a 2021 1st round draft pick and a 2021 2nd round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for George Hill and a 2021 2nd round draft pick
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Knee and ankle injuries limited the now-fifth-year guard to 38 games -- 4.3 points and 3.8 assists on 36.2 percent shooting -- in 2017-18. When he did play, Dellavedova saw dip of nearly 10 minutes per game compared to his first campaign in Milwaukee, due in large part to the early-season acquisition of Eric Bledsoe. Dellavedova have even more competition for minutes this time around, as the Bucks added combo-guard Donte DiVincenzo through the draft and Pat Connaughton in free agency. As a result, Dellavedova, who was openly on the trade block this summer, should be avoided in most formats.
Dellavedova’s first season as a Buck following the signing of a four-year, $38 million deal with the team in July 2016 wasn’t particularly impressive. He posted just 7.6 points and 4.7 assists per game while shooting an abysmal 39.0 percent from the field and an underwhelming 36.7 percent from deep. His workload of 26.1 minutes per game also was lower than expected, largely due to the emergence of Rookie of the Year combo guard Malcolm Brogdon, who outplayed Dellavedova on many occasions. As a result, Dellavedova started just 54 of his 76 appearances. Despite the fact he doesn’t necessarily fit the typical Bucks mold of a positionless, lanky player, Dellavedova is still a pestering defender and a solid three-point shooter who may just have had a down year from beyond the arc last year. All of that said, it seems doubtful that his workload will fluctuate hard one way or another considering the Bucks made few significant changes to their backcourt during the offseason. Drafting Dellavedova with the assumption he’ll make a leap in either workload or production is probably misguided, and he probably can be avoided in all but the deepest of leagues.
Thrust into the starting lineup in the NBA finals by a knee injury to Kyrie Irving, Dellavedova came up big in consecutive games. In Game 2, the undrafted free agent from St. Mary's College bedeviled Stephen Curry into a 5-of-23 performance. In Game 3, Dellavedova scored a career-high 20 points. The Aussie guard's sterling performances led the Cavaliers to their two wins in the series and nearly ensured that Dellavedova would be back on an NBA roster in 2015-16. As it turned out, Delly will stay in Cleveland where he has spent the first two years of his career. In his second season, the 6-4 guard appeared in 72 games, including four starts, for 18 minutes. He averaged 4.7 points, including 0.8 three-pointers on 41 percent from the field and 79 percent from the line. Dellavedova added 1.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.1 blocks. With the Cavaliers signing Mo Williams to be Irving's primary backup, Dellavedova will have to scrap for minutes. He will continue to make his bones by being a defensive replacement. Neither Irving nor Williams are staunch defensively, so the 24-year-old should see regular minutes in his third season.
Matthew Dellavedova forged a role on the 2013-14 Cavaliers as a backup guard who then-coach Mike Brown could count on to play perimeter defense better than the starters. The 6-4 native of Australia appeared in 72 games (starting four) and averaged 4.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 0.5 steals in 18 minutes per game. He hit 41 percent of his field goals and 79 percent of his free throws but knocked down a robust 37 percent of his three-pointers for 0.8 three-pointers per game. As his rookie season went along, he earned more playing time and averaged 22 minutes in 29 games after the All-Star break. It seems somewhat unlikely that Dellavedova will earn as many minutes on the LeBron James-led Cavaliers of 2014-15. The good news is that the team has an opening at backup point guard behind Kyrie Irving. By continuing to play heads-up defense and hitting three-pointers, the former St. Mary's College star could continue to play a reserve role. New coach David Blatt likes his players to be aggressive defensively, so Dellavedova could figure into his reserve unit plans. He should get some quality international experience over the summer representing Australia in the FIBA World Cup.
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Double-doubles in win
GCleveland Cavaliers
March 9, 2020
Dellavedova started and provided 14 points (3-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 11 assists, two rebounds and a steal across 45 minutes in Sunday's 132-129 overtime victory over the Spurs.
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Hands out career-high 14 dimes
GCleveland Cavaliers
March 7, 2020
Dellavedova finished with seven points (3-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt), 14 assists, six rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes during Saturday's 104-102 victory over Denver.
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Late addition to starting lineup
GCleveland Cavaliers
March 4, 2020
Dellavedova will start Wednesday's tilt with Boston, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
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Ties season-high nine dimes
GCleveland Cavaliers
March 3, 2020
Dellavedova posted five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), nine assists, two rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes during Monday's 126-113 loss to the Jazz.
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Scores 12 in 25 minutes
GCleveland Cavaliers
February 26, 2020
Dellavedova had 12 points (5-5 FG, 2-2 3Pt), two assists, one rebound and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 108-94 win over the 76ers.
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