While it may seem silly now, there was a time where no one thought Australian international Matthew Dellavedova would cut it in the NBA. After going undrafted in 2013, the Cavs signed him for a shot to play in the NBA Summer League.
He impressed in the Summer League, earning himself a backup slot on the team and the nickname “The Pitbull.” He became a valuable part of the Cavs roster, playing an important part in both Finals appearances and helping the team win it all. After winning, he got interest from other teams around the league and ultimately ended up signing with the Milwaukee Bucks. He’s looked good with the Bucks as a starter, averaging 7.9 points, a career-high 6.3 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game.
Now, he faces off against the team that took a chance and brought him into the league. When asked about the emotions behind the game by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, he had this to say:
I’m looking forward to catching up with them and seeing them. Obviously you develop strong relationships and friendships with not only the players, but the coaches and training staff.”