Milwaukee Bucks gritty point guard, Matthew Dellavedova, is inching closer to a much-anticipated return to the Bucks bench.
The Aussie point guard has been sidelined since February 4th due to a nasty ankle sprain suffered in Brooklyn against the Nets. The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Bucks, as they already had lost second-year stud, Malcolm Brogdon on February 1st. The injury to Dellavedova has hurt the Bucks in certain areas that do not show up in the box score, even if he’s averaging some career-low numbers this year.
Let’s not forget, Matthew Dellavedova has started in two NBA Finals series and even has a ring to show for. Delly knows what it takes to win, and always sacrifices his body in the process. He is an excellent screener, Dellavedova is arguably the Bucks’ best screener. Solid screens allow for more spacing and let the offense flow, rather than stagnate. He throws too many lobs to Thon Maker, but Matthew Dellavedova seems to always have a knack to find his teammates. It’s no secret how depleted Milwaukee’s bench mob is, and Delly offers a lot of stability on offense, and some solid defense.
More importantly, the pending return of Dellavedova means some starters minutes will be staggered. The Bucks will no longer have to trot out 40-year old, Jason Terry for extended stints, and Sean Kilpatrick won’t be seeing much playing time. With Milwaukee’s starters playing heavy minutes since the All-Star break, having Delly back will give interim head-coach Joe Prunty more lineups to play with.
With Dellavedova getting closer to a return by the day, it will certainly help bolster the depth of an already ailing bench squad.