Dellavedova posted nine points (4-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and one steal across 25 minutes in Wednesday's 111-103 preseason win over the Pacers.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd hasn't stated as much, but it appears Dellavedova is in line to start the upcoming season in the backcourt spot alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo. While Dellavedova will nominally be the shooting guard while Antetokounmpo dominates the bulk of the possessions, the Greek Freak's ability to slide over to just about any spot in the lineup should still provide Dellavedova with plenty of opportunities to initiate the offense. Dellavedova has averaged 6.0 assists across only 24.6 minutes per game in the preseason, and should remain an asset in that category for the balance of the season while he assumes a more prominent role than he ever enjoyed in Cleveland.
Dellavedova will not play Wednesday against Indiana, CF Gardner of the Journal Sentinel reports.
Coach Jason Kidd will give Dellavedova the night off as an opportunity to get him some extra rest, as well as provide more opportunity for some of Milwaukee's younger players. Expect to see the free agent acquisition back on the floor Saturday when the Bucks play host to Chicago.
Dellavedova put up 11 points (3-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, two rebounds and one block over 24 minutes in Monday's 93-91 exhibition win over the Bulls.
The Bucks surprisingly rolled out a starting backcourt that included youngsters Rashad Vaughn and Malcolm Brogdon, but that duo combined to score nine points on 2-for-13 shooting over 46 minutes. Meanwhile, both Dellavedova and Michael Carter-Williams had strong games off the bench, with the former exhibiting the deft shooting touch from outside that made him a mainstay in the Cavs' rotation the previous three seasons. Monday's performance certainly helped Dellavedova's case for a starting role to begin the season, but even if coach Jason Kidd elects to bring him off the bench, he'll still likely be in line for a sizable role thanks to his strengths as a shooter and defender.
Dellavedova will come off the bench in Monday's preseason opener versus the Bulls.
The Bucks signed Dellavedova to a four-year, $38.4 million contract earlier in the offseason, so he's expected to eventually take over as a starting guard. However, it appears Jason Kidd wants to see what Malcolm Brodgon can do in that role, as the rookie will draw the start on Monday. Dellavedova will likely see his minutes restricted throughout the preseason, but once the regular season opens, look for him to be a regular in the starting lineup.
The Bucks' starting lineup is still very much in flux following the recent news that Khris Middleton would miss most of the season with a torn hamstring, but the team's desire to include three-point shooters in its lineup certainly helps Dellavedova's cause to stick on the top unit. Dellavedova was targeted by the Bucks in free agency specifically because of his shooting skills, and though he was able to hit 41 percent of his three-pointers last season thanks in part to playing alongside LeBron James, he'll have the benefit of suiting up next to another emerging playmaker in Giannis Antetokounmpo. With Antetokounmpo and Michael Carter-Williams in the fold, Dellavedova may spend more time off the ball in Milwaukee than he did in Cleveland, which could hurt his assist numbers but aid his scoring and three-point production.
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