Dellavedova in 2014
|No. 8 – Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
8 September 1990 |
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||198 lb (90 kg)|
|High school||Maryborough Regional College
|College||Saint Mary's (2009–2013)|
|NBA draft||2013 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Matthew Dellavedova (born 8 September 1990) is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Saint Mary's College of California and has played on the Australia national team.
Born and raised in Maryborough, Victoria, Dellavedova is one of three children in his family, and is a sixth-generation Italian Australian. His father, Mark, grew up playing Australian rules football and his mother, Leanne, played netball. Dellavedova began playing basketball at the age of four. He attended Maryborough Regional College and played junior basketball for the Maryborough Blazers and Bendigo Braves. Along with basketball, he played Australian rules football at the junior level. He played the position of wing and kicked a total of 32 goals in 26 games between 1999 and 2001, but gave the game away to focus solely on basketball. Despite giving the game away at a young age, he is an avid supporter of the Collingwood Magpies in the Australian Football League. Throughout his teenage years, he was selected for several Victorian state representative basketball sides and played alongside future Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury. In 2007, he moved to Canberra to attend the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) where he spent three years playing in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL). Both of Dellavedova's sisters play basketball as well, with younger sister Yana playing at the college level for Long Beach State University in 2012–13.
Dellavedova was recruited by Saint Mary's College of California in 2009 and signed with the Gaels before the 2009–10 season. He was ranked one of the top junior players in Australia; ESPN.com rated Dellavedova as the #73 shooting guard recruit for the 2008–09 recruiting season. Dellavedova immediately contributed for the Gaels and started each of the first 15 games of the season for the team. In 2009–10, he averaged 12.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.
St. Mary's retired his jersey on 15 February 2014. Dellavedova's #4 was the second retired by the school's men's basketball program.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2013–present)
After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Dellavedova joined the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2013 NBA Summer League. On 12 September 2013, he signed a two-year, $1.3 million contract with the Cavaliers. On 26 March 2014, he had a season-best game with 21 points and 6 assists in a 97–96 win over the Detroit Pistons.
In July 2014, Dellavedova re-joined the Cavaliers for the 2014 NBA Summer League. On 9 November 2014, he was ruled out for four to six weeks with a sprained left knee (MCL) that he sustained in the fourth quarter of Cleveland's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on 4 November. On 8 December 2014, he returned from injury to face the Brooklyn Nets.
On 11 February 2015, Dellavedova was selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge as part of the 2015 NBA All-Star weekend. On 14 May 2015, Dellavedova scored a team-high 19 points to help the Cavaliers defeat the Chicago Bulls and advance to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2009. Following the Cavaliers' Game 3 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Eastern Conference Finals, Dellavedova's aggressive play became a major talking point with some describing him as a "dirty" player. Despite this criticism, teammate LeBron James and NBA great Charles Barkley both defended Dellavedova's play style. In Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Dellavedova scored a playoff career-high 20 points in the absence of the injured Kyrie Irving as the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors to take a 2–1 series lead. The Cavaliers went on to lose the last three games of the series as Dellavedova shot just 19% from the field in those three games.
On 27 July 2015, Dellavedova re-signed with the Cavaliers. On 19 November 2015, he recorded 7 points and a career-high 13 assists in a 115–100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Four days later, he had a season-best game starting in place of injured guards Kyrie Irving and Mo Williams. In just under 24 minutes of action, he recorded 15 points and 9 assists in a 117–103 win over the Orlando Magic.
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Dellavedova competed for the Australian junior national team at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. He was the team's third leading scorer – averaging 10.1 points per game – for the fourth-place Australians. He was named in the Australian senior national team, the Boomers, to compete for the first time at the 2009 FIBA Oceania Championship. At age 19, he was the youngest Australian player at the competition. He went on to compete for the Boomers at the 2012 London Olympics and 2014 World Cup in Spain.
- The Rise of Matthew Dellavedova, the Playoffs' Unlikely Star and Biggest Pest
- BIO – matthewdelly.com
- Dellavedova signs with Cleveland Cavaliers
- "Matthew Dellavedova: the headline hog footy missed out on ... sort of". Brisbanetimes.com.au. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- "Growing Up ... Matthew Dellavedova". NBA.com. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- "Episode 17 - Rebounds". Collingwoodfc.com.au. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- "Past Athletes". ausport.gov.au. Archived from the original on 12 February 2014.
- Yana Dellavedova Bio
- Matthew Dellavedova – Basketball Recruiting – ESPN
- Matthew Dellavedova Stats
- "Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, Ohio State's Aaron Craft top Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Basketball Teams". cosida.com. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- "Hulls Named Finalist for Senior CLASS Award". IUHoosiers.com. CBS Interactive. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- "Dellavedova Becomes SMC's All-Time Leading Scorer". SMCGaels.com. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- "St. Mary's beats Santa Clara, 80–67". SFGate.com. The Hearst Corporation. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- "Matthew Dellavedova's jersey retired". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- Cavaliers Announce 2013 Summer League Roster
- 2013 Summer League Statistics – Matthew Dellavedova
- Cavaliers notebook: Cavs sign undrafted rookie Matthew Dellavedova; seek to add season-ticket holders’ names to court
- Cavaliers sign Dellavedova to non-guaranteed deal
- Matthew Dellavedova 2013-14 Game Log
- Cavs Announce 2014 Samsung NBA Summer League Roster
- Matthew Dellavedova out 4-6 weeks
- LeBron, Cavs roll in front of royal audience
- Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova added to Rising Stars Challenge game
- James struggles, Cavaliers still advance past Bulls 94-73
- Australia's Matthew Dellavedova in NBA controversy
- LeBron, Cavs survive Warriors comeback, win Game 3 96-91
- "Cavalers Re-sign Guard Matthew Dellavedova". NBA.com. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- Dellavedova tallies career high against Bucks
- "LeBron joins "Big O" on elite list, leads Cavs past Magic". NBA.com. November 23, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
- 8 - Matthew Dellavedova – FIBA.com
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