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Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
Position: G
Born: 09/08/90
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $2,174,318
Patty Mills and five more NBA players are on the Olympic men’s basketball roster for Australia, which eyes its first medal in the event in Tokyo. Mills, a 32-year-old guard going to his fourth consecutive Olympics, is joined by fellow NBAers Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes, Dante Exum, Matthew Dellavedova and Josh Green.
“Joe was way more like Josh than what he might remember,” said Marty Clarke, the NBA’s Global Academy technical director and a former Saint Mary’s College assistant. Clarke also served as the head coach of the Australian Institute of Sport and played a key role in the development of Ingles, Bogut, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and Matthew Dellavedova. “Joe wasn’t a great shooter back then. Now, he’s a driller. It’s lights out. I think a lot of people get to a level and think they’re done. That’s where Joe is always working for the next thing, ‘What’s my next edge?’ And I think Josh will be exactly the same.”
There’s a reason why the Cavs have a ridiculous 124.5 offensive rating and an assist percentage of 78.8 with him on the court. Dellavedova is exactly what the Cavs missed this season — a secondary ballhandler who can handle pressure and stabilize a young, still-growing backcourt. “I feel like I still have a lot to give and a lot to improve on,” he said. “And there was really no doubt in my mind that I would be able to come out here and contribute in a positive way by just competing, keeping us organized and helping the team win. And that’s what I’ve been able to do so far.
“Delly really does a great job of playing with his brain,” coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “He understands how to set the table for other people. His game isn’t based on himself. When your game is based on the team and making your teammates’ job easier, it makes … your comeback a little bit easier. “We’re not asking him to go score 40 points a night, that would take him some time to get some rhythm there. But he has an uncanny ability to see things before they’re happening and that doesn’t change, so he’s been able to be impressive quickly.”