For his exploits on the basketball court as a member of the Australian national team as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA, the public can cast their vote for Dellavedova here.
On the international stage in 2015, “Delly” was one of the stars for the Boomers as they qualified for the Olympics in Rio with a 2-0 sweep of New Zealand in the 2015 Oceania Championship. He averaged 14.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in a deadly back court combination with Patty Mills.
“Delly is the epitome of what it means to be a Boomer,” said Australian Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis. “He is proudly Australian and loves playing for his country alongside his mates. He represents Australian basketball and Australians extremely well on the world stage.
“His special qualities in terms of being a Boomer are the fact that he lists playing for Australia as his number one goal growing up as opposed to going to college or playing in the NBA – he wanted to wear the green and gold, which is special. He also says that there is nothing better than singing the national anthem with his mates before an international game.
“He is a person who cares about his team mates and is always looking for ways to help others be the best they can be. He is the guy who will sacrifice his own game in order to help others shine.”
Last year, Dellavedova burst onto the American scene as he showcased his grit and determination in the playoffs for the Cavaliers. His tough and uncompromising style of play helped Cleveland to the NBA Finals.
His talents were already known by the Australian public as he earned a spot in the Cavaliers side as back-up point guard to Kyrie Irving but once Irving suffered a knee injury late in the season, “Delly” stepped up into a starting role.
His work ethic was on display after Game 3 of the NBA Finals when he helped Cleveland to a 2-1 lead before being taken to hospital to be put on an IV drip due to severe cramping. He would return and demonstrate his grit with another solid performance in Game 4 before the Golden State Warriors eventually prevailed in a six-game series.
“When you see “Delly” achieve the success he has had, it makes you believe that the world is “right” - things are as they should be,” said Lemanis.
“He is extremely dedicated to the sport, puts the work in both on and off the court to getting better and being the best he can be, sacrifices for the good of others and is committed to positive team outcomes.
“For those traits to be rewarded with success is extremely pleasing – it is everything we preach to the younger players coming through in terms of how to be the best you can be, so it is nice to see it come to fruition.
“Through all his success, Matthew has remained a humble person who continues to find time to give back to others. He is always answering emails, responding to texts, signing autographs and ensuring that he makes a difference in the lives of those around him.”
Voting is open now and will close on February 17 at 12pm AEDT with the winners announced at the AIS Sport Performance Awards in Sydney on February 24.