- Sep 1, 2006
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Cavs gave him a bunch of guaranteed money, espn has him listed as one of the best undraft free agents this year, and it seems nearly impossible that Quinn could beat him out for 3rd string PG right now. Probably time to give the kid his own thread.
Here are five players who entered this summer with Matthews-type dreams of proving to the world that NBA teams were wrong to pass on them in the draft and have the chance to stick on NBA rosters this season.
Matthew Dellavedova | PG | Saint Mary's
Summer league team: Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA role: Backup PG
An Aussie point guard from Saint Mary's who excels in the pick-and-roll game and is a terrific 3-point shooter ... no, we're not talking about Spurs backup guard Patty Mills. Dellavedova was one of the national leaders in assist percentage last season, orchestrating a Saint Mary's offense that ranked fourth in the nation in offensive efficiency. He burst on the national scene as a freshman, when he helped the Gaels upset the ninth-ranked Villanova Wildcats in the tournament, outplaying All-American counterpart Scottie Reynolds.
Dellavedova isn't long or quick, but he brings good size to the position at 6-foot-4 and is deadly in pick-and-roll situations as the rare pass-first player who can make teams pay if they choose to go under screens. He'll struggle defensively when put on an island, but he has a high basketball IQ and could play himself into a third-string PG role somewhere in the league with a strong summer league showing.