MATTHEW Dellavedova yesterday produced his best game of the NBA Summer League, but it wasn’t enough for the Cleveland Cavaliers to maintain their unbeaten record.
The Cavs lost 66-62 to the New Orleans Pelicans, with Dellavedova making an impact off the bench scoring six points, to go with three rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Dellavedova played 22 minutes in his third game at the professional level and, in a good sign for the future, the coaching staff had the faith to play him in the point guard role in the dying minutes of the match when the game was on the line.
Cavs.com writer Joe Gabriele lauded Dellavedova during yesterday’s clash with the Pelicans.
Gabriele tweeted “Matt Dellavedova has been impressive in practice and so far in 2.5 VSL games. Good shot, good teammate, solid playmaker.”
Dellavedova is attempting to earn a spot on the Cavs’ 15-man roster for the 2013-14 NBA season.
The Cavs already have two point guards in NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving and recent acquisiton from Golden State, Jarrett Jack.
The last spot on the Cavs roster is expected to be filled by a guard.
Dellavedova is competing with Chris Quinn, a 29-year-old NBA journeyman for the third point guard role.
Quinn was signed by the Cavs late last year having previously played in the NBA with Miami, New Jersey and San Antonio.
Quinn didn’t play in yesterday’s loss to the Pelicans after two average performances in the first two games.
Jamahal Mosley, Cleveland’s summer league coach, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he’s looking beyond Dellavedova’s stats when it comes to assessing his future with the Cavs.
“He’s a worker. He’s a pit bull,” Mosley said of Dellavedova.
“He’s trying to make everyone better, and he’s a leader without having to say much. I was very happy with what I saw of him.”
The Cavs have today off before the start of the Summer League tournament play tomorrow.
Summer League concludes on Tuesday (AEST).