Cavaliers: Grading Matthew Dellavedova’s play thus far in 2019-2020

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Matthew Dellavedova, Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova defends on-ball. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A look at Dellavedova’s defensive play

Cleveland has always relied on Dellavedova for his defensive prowess on the court. Even with his limited playing time now, Delly can still be a solid defender for the Cavaliers.

While he may not be as consistent as he used to be when it comes to on-ball perimeter defense, he’s still mostly competent when it comes to rotating in a timely and controlled fashion.

He always seems to have a knack for staying locked-in there, while also communicating through to get appropriate matchups back much of the time.

Dellavedova’s defensive strengths are really built on the fact that he is a high IQ player, which is a nice example for young players, too.

Delly’s grit and hustle is always so refreshing to watch as well, and that has continued throughout the 2019-2020 season.

Although, the Cleveland guard needs to be careful he does not get himself into too much foul trouble, because according to Basketball Reference, Delly has been averaging 3.4 personal fouls per-36 minutes to this point (granted, that is right at his career average).

Overall, Delly is still a solid defender and one that Cleveland can still rely on to be an asset for his other teammates on the court.

Dellavedova’s defensive grade for 2019-2020 thus far: B

Lastly, let’s take a look at Dellavedova’s overall grade for 2019-2020 thus far, of which it is again unclear at this juncture if we’ll see more action for the Cavs and/or other teams.

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