Matthew Dellavedova

Position
Height
Birthdate
Jnr. Association
Born
Guard
193 cm
8 Sep 90
Bendigo (VIC)
Maryborough (VIC)

Player profile

Matthew Dellavedova was born in the small Victorian town of Maryborough, population 7,174. Matthew began playing the basketball at four years of age. Dellavedova represented local basketball associations, the Maryborough Blazers and Bendigo Braves before noticed by Victoria Country basketball coaches who elevated him to play in the State Basketball Championships.

At 17, he was offered a scholarship to attend the Australian Institute of Sport where he spent three years playing in the SEABL and attending Lake Ginninderra High School. By 2009,”Delly” had established himself as a leader within the AIS squad and was chosen to captain the under-19 Australian team at their FIBA World Championships. The young Australian team featured future NBL stars Jason Cadee, Brock Motum, Mitch Young as well as Ryan Broekhoff who starred in Europe. The team finished 4th and Dellavedova’s play in that tournament earned him his first Boomers call-up.

That same year Dellavedova was recruited by Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. During Dellavedova’s four seasons at Saint Mary’s, the Gaels made the NCAA tournament three times and in his freshman year the Gaels made it through to the Sweet 16. Matthew graduated with a degree in Psychology. He finished as the school’s all-time leader in points (1,933), breaking fellow Australian Daniel Kickert’s record of 1,874. Dellavedova also finished Gael’s all-time leader in assists (778), 3-pointers made (288), free throw percentage (.860), starts (133) and games played (136).

Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that St Mary’s record in games where Delly started for the Gaels is 105-28. In 2014, the school retired his number. Matthew Dellavedova’s #4 jersey was just the second jersey ever retired by the Gaels.

NBA

Dellavedova had perhaps the most unlikely NBA rookie season an Australian has ever had. He became the first undrafted Australian rookie to start an NBA regular season game. Despite being looked over by all 30 teams in the 2013 NBA draft through sheer heart and determination Dellavedova was bale to make the Cleveland Cavaliers roster after a strong summer league performance and within 6 games had become a starting guard in the NBA.

Matthew Dellavedova signed a two-year, $1.3 million dollar contract as a rookie which made him one of the lowest-paid players in the NBA in 2013/14. His best game that season was a 21 points and 6 assists performance where Cleveland defeated Detroit  97–96.

During his sophomore NBA season, Delly was selected to play in the Rising Stars game during the 2015 All-Star weekend. During the Cav’s playoff run that season Cleveland defeated Atlanta in the Eastern Conference Finals, it was during this series NBA players started to label Dellavedova as a “dirty” player. In Game 3 of the NBA Finals Dellavedova had his best playoff game, a career-high 20 points in the absence of the injured Kyrie Irving.

The Cavaliers would lose to the Golden State Warriors in 2015, but in 2016 the Cavaliers and Warriors faced off a second time in the NBA Finals. Cleveland miraculously defeated the Warriors despite being down 3-1 and Dellavedova become an NBA champion.

The following season the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to a sign-and-trade deal which saw Delly receive a long-term contract and become one of the top ten richest Australian athletes.

AUSTRALIAN BOOMERS

At 19 years of age, just prior to playing at St Mary’s, California, Dellavedova was named to the Australian senior national team. He would participate in the FIBA Oceania Championships against New Zealand where a place in the 2010 FIBA Championships was on the line. During the Oceania Championships, which Australia won, Dellavedova played 20 mins per game and averaged 2.5 points per game. Dellavedova was not selected to the national team which competed at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey, however.

Delly has since become a core part of the Australian Boomers team. He made his way into the team’s starting line-up at the 2012 Olympics in London. The Boomers were eliminated in the quarterfinals and Dellavedova averaged 7 points and 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

At the 2014 FIBA World Champions, the Boomers were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Turkey. Dellavedova averaged 8 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.

Dellavedova finished second in assists at the 2016 Olympics in Rio where the Boomers finished fourth. Dellavedova who led the team in assists and 3-point percentage, averaged 9 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists.

 

NBA Stats

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG% 3P% 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2013-1423CLENBASG72417.7.412.368.461.5080.50.7.7920.41.31.72.60.50.10.81.74.7
2014-1524CLENBASG671320.6.362.407.307.4720.40.6.7630.61.31.93.00.40.00.92.34.8
2015-1625CLENBAPG761424.6.405.410.401.5010.80.9.8640.41.72.14.40.60.11.52.37.5
2016-1726MILNBAPG765426.1.390.367.404.4631.11.3.8540.31.61.94.70.70.01.82.07.6
CareerNBA2918522.4.393.389.397.4850.70.9.8310.41.51.93.70.50.11.32.16.2
3 seasonsCLENBA2153121.0.395.398.392.4950.60.7.8160.51.51.93.40.50.11.12.15.7
1 seasonMILNBA765426.1.390.367.404.4631.11.3.8540.31.61.94.70.70.01.82.07.6

current salary and contract

July 27, 2015: Signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers

July 7, 2016: Signed a multi-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers

July 7, 2016: Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Milwaukee Bucks for Albert Miralles and $200K. Cleveland creates $4.8M trade exception with this deal.

In 2016, Mattew Dellavedova signed a four-year deal worth $38,000,000 to play with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Year
Team
Age
Salary
2016-17
25
$9,607,500
2017-18
26
$9,607,500
2018-19
27
$9,607,500
2019-20
28
$9,607,500
2020
Matthew Dellavedova has no NBA contract for 2020-21

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Player Highlights

  • Dellavedova (20 Points) 2015 Finals

  • Dellavedova receives his championship ring

  • Is Delly a dirty player?