Dellavedova to Rising Stars Challenge (Source: Cleveland Cavaliers)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova has been named to the World Team for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in New York. Dellavedova will be replacing Kelly Olynyk of the Boston Celtics as in injury replacement.
The second-year guard from Australia is just the third player in league history to be undrafted and appear in the event since it went to the rookie-sophomore format in 2000 (Jeremy Lin and Anthony Morrow). This season, Dellavedova has appeared in 38 games (nine starts) for Cleveland, averaging 4.3 points and 2.8 assists in 20.4 minutes per game. He is also leading the Cavaliers, winners of 13 of its last 14 games, in three-point percentage (.416) and assists-to-turnover ratio (3.00). Last season, the high-energy guard became just one of seven rookies in NBA history to make at least 50 three-pointers and have a 3.00 assist-to-turnover ratio, joining Scott Brooks (1988-89), Nick Van Exel (1993-94), Chris Duhon (2004-05), Chris Paul (2005-06), Brian Roberts (2012-13) and Trey Burke (2013-14).
For the first time ever, the Rising Stars Challenge will consist of 10 first and second-year U.S. players against 10 first and second-year World players. The game, set for Friday, Feb. 13, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will be televised live by TNT at 9 p.m. ET, part of Turner Sports' 30th year of All-Star coverage.
Dellavedova, who will become the 24th Cavs player to compete in the Rising Stars Challenge since the games began in 1994, will join Cavaliers teammates Kyrie Irving and LeBron James in New York this weekend. Irving and James will both take part in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden. Irving will also participate in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest during State Farm All-Star Saturday night on Feb. 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.