In yet another change to the Cleveland Cavaliers starting lineup, undrafted rookie Matthew Dellavedova has been named the latest starting shooting guard, the Plain Dealer first reported on Twitter earlier today.
“Delly” has been the biggest surprise of the 4-8 Cavs season, as he shined in the team’s most recent two games. After totaling just 26 minutes in the first 10 contests, he’s tallied just over 30 and 26 in the last two games. He’s earned the respect of fans and the coaching staff for his hustle on both sides of the ball.
The 23-year-old Australian was a star during his four years at St. Mary’s. He averaged just about 15.5 points and 6.4 assists in each of his final two seasons. The Cavs signed him back in mid-September to a two-year deal with small guarantees.
Scott wrote on Thursday saying “Welcome to the rotation, Matthew Dellavedova.” Now, more appropriately, we should be welcoming him into the coveted starting lineup.
As a reminder, C.J. Miles did not join the Cavs on their two-game road trip due to a right calf strain. He had been the most recent starter at shooting guard.