Currently plying his trade in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dellavedova has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence after a breakout 2012 London Olympic Games that saw him start all six of the Boomers tournament matches.
The Maryborough native finished his senior year at Saint Mary’s College as one of the program’s all-time greats, holding records in a host of statistical categories, including points, assists and games.
Dellavedova graduated from the Californian school as a three-time All-West Coast Conference (WCC) Frist Team selection, two-time Cousy Award finalist (best guard in college basketball), 2012 WCC Player of the Year and an Academic All-American.
The focus turned to pursuing his NBA dream, with “Delly” working out at a host of teams in the lead up to the NBA Draft in June.
He was invited to play in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA Summer League team before returning to home shores for the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships against New Zealand. Delly would use the series against the trans-Tasman rivals to propel him to a spot on the Cleveland roster.
The point guard has played 51 of the Cavs 61 games this season, posting a career-high 14 points and 4 steals in the November loss to Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and the San Antonio Spurs.