Former Saint Mary’s guard Matthew Dellavedova may have not heard his last name called on NBA draft night, but this did not stop him for fulfilling his dream to play in the NBA. It was announced Friday morning that the 6’4” point guard earned a spot on the Cleveland Cavaliers regular season 15-man roster.
The Australia native put up impressive numbers and controlled the ball well, playing back-up point guard of Kyrie Irving after fellow Cavalier point guard Jarrett Jack missed a few preseason games with injury. During that span, he put up a few near double-digit assist games, which sealed head coach Mike Brown’s confidence that Dellavedova could control the point at the NBA level. Delly is expected to play third-string point guard during the regular season.
He is one of five rookies on the team which includes first overall pick Anthony Bennett from UNLV.
Dellavedova finished his career at Saint Mary’s College last season as the all-time leader in wins, points, assists, games played and NCAA tournament games. The Cav’s open up the regular season on October 30 at home versus the New Jersey Nets.