Dellavedova, or "Delly" for short, played with the Cavaliers' Summer League team and though his numbers were not great, he evidently impressed Head Coach Mike Brown to get the invitation.
One thing that stood out about the point guard was his teamwork and his defensive play, both things that are important in a Brown-run team.
Cleveland had their clear starter in Kyrie Irving and brought in guard Jarrett Jack in to serve as his backup, yet it would make sense to have a third on the roster. It is likely that Irving will miss time this season and it would be better to have someone used to the system to come in at that point as the reserve rather than having to sign someone.
Cavalier fans will hope that there will be little need for Dellavedova to see time in 2013-14, but is is better to be safe than sorry.
Delly was an undrafted free agent out of Saint Mary's where he played three seasons.
In his final year, the Aussie averaged 15.8 points, 6.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Dellavedova shot 40.4% from the field and was 38.2% from three-point range. These numbers are not staggering, and no one would expect the 22-year old to light things up, but he could be a solid third-string point guard if there is an emergency.
While Dellavedova has a pretty good shot to make the team if he continues to impress Brown in preseason, nothing is set in stone. He will have to continue to improve to make the roster and then keep working hard if he would like to see time this season.
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