Feb 18, 2012; Murray, KY, USA; St. Mary
Matthew Dellavedova will play for the Orlando Magic this summer according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman via twitter. The 6’4’’ guard has hoping to at least get chosen in the late second round in yesterdays NBA Draft, but name-by-name went by and the Saint Mary’s product was not picked.
What are the chances that Dellavedova making the Magic roster come the end of summer? Like with any player coming straight out of college, the chances are slim, but fortunately enough Dellavedova is in a good situation in Orlando.
The Magic come off a 20-62 record, they are not deep in the backcourt position to say the least. As of now, their roster is led by point guards Jameer Nelson and Ben Udrih who had solid numbers last season. The 6’0’’ and 6’3’’ guards are a bit undersized, which is where Dellavedova could come in and help with his 6’4’’frame.
Orlando did draft Indiana guard Victor Oladipo with their first round pick, but he is described as more of a shooting guard and only averaged 2.1 assists in his junior year as a Hoosier.
If Orlando is looking to relieve some of the point guard stress from Nelson and Udrih, Dellavedova would be a good fit with his ability to distribute the ball, as he averaged about 6.4 assists last season at Saint Mary’s.
Depending on what happens in the offseason with Orlando, Dellavedova has a great shot to make this team in comparison if he were to play with guard-heavy teams such as San Antonio as some people were hoping he would get the chance to play along side fellow Australian and Saint Mary’s star Patty Mills.
Either way, Dellavedova is going to have to impress in the Summer League to prove he can play with the elite.