Dellavedova joins NBA elite

Dellavedova joins NBA elite

The number of Australian Boomers in the NBA has risen to four with the news Matthew Dellavedova has been named on the final roster for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the upcoming NBA season, tipping off on Thursday (AEDT).

The 23-year-old secured his position on the Cavaliers roster on the back off an impressive pre-season, where he played significant minutes in the final four games leading up to Monday’s final roster lodgement deadline.

Dellavedova has worked tirelessly since his senior year at Saint Mary’s College came to an end in the second round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, joining Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and Aron Baynes as Boomers in the NBA.

Prior to the NBA Draft in June, Dellavedova criss-crossed the USA, undertaking workouts at a host of NBA teams, but was ultimately overlooked come draft day despite significant interest from several teams.

It was Cleveland that extended the country Victorian an invitation to play for the NBA Summer League team, here the point guard was able to some off his skills to newly-appointed Cavs Head Coach Mike Brown.

Brown was impressed enough to invite the 2012 London Olympian back to the Cavs training camp and pre-season, after helping the Boomers claim the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship in August.

After a short break in Australia, Dellavedova returned to Cleveland where he would go on to play a significant role in all eight of the Cavs pre-season games.

The Cavs NBA season gets underway on Thursday (AEDT) when they welcome the Brooklyn Nets to Cleveland.