The next in the series of November reviews, Matthew Dellavedova is now in the spotlight.
In the off season, Matthew Dellavedova signed a four year deal worth $34 million over four years. It was pretty clear from the day of signing that Dellavedova was going to be the starting point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Has Dellavedova earned the money that is being paid to him? I believe that his first full month as a Buck shows that he has given them everything that he promised, with one exception.
Dellavedova had career averages of 21 minutes, 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 0.5 steals per game at the start of the season. He did this with a slash line of 40/40/82 which is quite respectable.
In November, Dellavedova has averaged 28.2 minutes, 6.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game. The issue that some Milwaukee supporters will have with Dellavedova is his slash line. In November he has a slash line of 34/32/70. Dellavedova was bought over from the Cleveland Cavaliers to help with the Milwaukee three point shooting to help space the floor.
Dellavedova has helped orchestrate the Milwaukee offense with the up-and-coming superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. On the year Dellavedova is averaging 8.2 points per game, so his November has been a little down, but not too badly.
The 6.5 assists per game in November is in the top 15 of the NBA. This is just a little up from his 6.3 assists per game for the year. This number has Dellavedova sitting in 14th for the year in the entire league. Against the New Orleans Pelican, Dellavedova had 12 assists, which was as a result of his poor shooting on the night, he went 2-of-7. On the night he also collected 5 rebounds in the six point loss. This shows that Dellavedova does what he can to help the team, even when his shot is not falling.
In the loss to the Miami Heat, Dellavedova shot 0-of-7 from the field but once again had a massive assist night giving out nine, as well as collecting four rebounds. Delavedova has had eight assists in three games in November.
It is Dellavedova’s defense that has been extremely relevant to the Bucks. His 1.1 steals per game in November is more than double his career average. Last season the Bucks missed the finals because Zaza Pachulia moved on and they signed Greg Monroe. Now Monroe is a very one way center and that way is not the defensive end. Dellavedova has added a level of hard nosed play which has helped Milwaukee lock down opposition.
Dellavedova has had a slightly down November for shooting but the rest of his game is flourishing.