August 26, 2014

NBA News: Cavs name Matthew Dellavedova as starter

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.

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  • Vindictive_Pat

    I’ll post this here too, because who’s gonna stop me? You? You, Lt. Weinberg??

    I think Delly will continue to give this kind of effort. I got a chance to see him play in quite a few games for St. Mary’s over the years… not just the final year when he was the unquestioned leader of the team, but also previous years where he was more of a secondary or tertiary player next to Rob Jones, Omar Samhan, and Mickey McConnell. He always gave big effort on defense. Also, he played off the ball when McConnell was on the team running point guard, and played just as well in that role… he’s not a guy who needs the ball in his hands to be effective, and the Cavs desperately need guys like that. I just looked at some of his stats, and he led the team in minutes played as a freshman… that only happens if a coach feels like he trusts you on both ends of the floor.

  • Harv 21

    and then Mike Brown took out the big Minutes Stick and hit Dion upside the head with it.

    Good. Now’s the time to make sure the players see the new agenda as clear and non-negotiable.

  • Robbie S

    Reminds me of everything that happened with Pavlovic again.

  • matt underwood

    Sasha – My Defense Is My Offense – Pavlovic

  • Steve

    I will uptick these comments every time you post them, keep it coming.

    It does make me wonder just how far Scott set this team back, that they need to have the whip pulled out on them to get them to just do the basic stuff like defense and apparently “giving a crap”

  • mgbode

    especially “giving a crap” on the road.

  • Bryan

    It’s not clear to me that this is a demotion or a reduction in minutes for Dion. I think Brown realizes that Kyrie and Dion aren’t meshing together, so he wants Dion to have more of a creator role in the 2nd unit.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Desperation Brown already at it after just 12 games!