Australian point guard Matthew Dellavedova is confident that his new team, the Milwaukee Bucks, will be challenging for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
The Australian point guard did not guarantee anything but he is positive that their “main target” for the new season is making the NBA Playoffs.
“Leaving Cleveland was tough because I had a great three years there and they gave me my first opportunity. Winning the title is going to give you a bond with those guys for life, and the way the city embraced me made leaving even harder,” Dellavedova said to ESPN.com.
“But I’m excited about the opportunity in Milwaukee, especially to step into a bit more of a leadership role. Obviously at Cleveland we had Kyrie [Irving] being the point guard which puts a ceiling on what you can achieve.”
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The Australian PG was a worthy back up to star Kyrie Irving in Cleveland and was a crucial piece in LeBron James’ team run to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances the last two years.
They lost in 2015 but got back at the Golden State Warriors in 2016 to give Cleveland their first NBA title in the history of the franchise.
From playing with the East title favorites, Dellavedova will move to Milwaukee, one of the mediocre teams in the conference. The Bucks went 33-49 last year and missed the playoffs but they have some promising rosters in the roster.
The Bucks feature Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo and promising young player Jabari Parker. They also have Khris Middleton, Michael Carter-Williams and Greg Monroe.
NBA rumors has mentioned Carter-Williams and Monroe in trades and the Bucks could move both since they already have Dellavedova and other big men.
Dellavedova won’t be a star PG in the NBA but as he has shown for his Australian basketball national team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he can lead a team and be a worthy starter.
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