Player

Matthew Dellavedova

Milwaukee Bucks DOB: 8 Sep 1990 Height: 193cm Position: Guard Number: 8

Hometown: Maryborough, VIC

Junior Association: Maryborough and Bendigo (VIC)

Current Club: Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)

International Debut: 2006

Biography

Making his name playing for the AIS in the ABA, Dellavedova caught the eye of then-national team coach Brett Brown, securing his Australian Boomers debut at just 18 years of age.

His obvious qualities saw Dellavedova captain the Australian Emus to a semi final berth at the 2009 FIBA Under 19 World Championship before taking up a scholarship with Californian school, Saint Mary’s College.

“Delly” narrowly missed selection for the 2010 FIBA World Championship team, but was not deterred and continued to establish himself as one of the premier point guards in college basketball.

Awards came thick and fast for the country Victorian, winning All-WCC First Team honours, tournament and season championships – headlined by taking out the 2012 WCC Player of the Year allocate.

This was the perfect launch pad for the Delly to shine at the 2012 London Olympic Games, forcing his way into the starting line-up as the Boomers reached the quarter final stage.

The breakout performance on the biggest stage propelled the 193cm guard to finish his senior year at Saint Mary’s with a flourish.

Delly led the Gaels to the NCAA tournament on the back of another outstanding season that saw him named a finalist for the coveted Bob Cousy Award (Best guard in college basketball) for a second time and end his Saint Mary’s career as one of the all-time greats.

In pursuit of the NBA dream, Delly has worked tirelessly to impress teams, working out with a number of clubs before playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League.

In between Cavs commitments, Delly returned to Australia to help the Boomers claim the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship, before returning to the USA for training camp and pre-season.

The 23-year-old secured a coveted NBA contract, with the Cavaliers signing him for the 2013/14 season with their final roster spot.

Featuring heavily in the 2014/15 season, backing up injured point guard Kyrie Irving, Dellavedova was a competitive force through the 2015 NBA finals. Recognised for his hustle and competitiveness, Delly had a playoff career high 20 points in game 3 against NBA Champs Golden State Warriors.

Dellavedova represented Australia in the Boomer's victory over New Zealand in the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship, where he averaged 6.4 points and three assists.

The following year the Cavaliers again made the NBA playoffs and while Delly did not play as many minutes as the previous season, Cleveland were able to upset Golden State and earn the NBA Championship.

Dellavedova became the fourth Australian in the past three years to earn a ring and his development was rewarded with a payday as the Milwaukee Bucks signed him.

Previous Clubs:

2006-2009 – AIS
2009-2013 – Saint Mary’s College (NCAA)
2013-Current – Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)

Major Awards:

FIBA Oceania Championship: 2013, 2015
Olympic Games: 2012
West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year: 2012
Cousy Award Finalist: 2012, 2013
All-WCC First Team: 2011, 2012, 2013
WCC All-Academic Team: 2011, 2012, 2013
WCC Tournament Champion: 2010, 2012
WCC Champion: 2011, 2012
WCC Tournament MVP: 2012
Saint Mary’s All-Time Leader in Points (1933), assists (778) and games played (136)

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