Two years ago

The Delly effect as a Cav (or the Cav effect on Delly?)

For whatever reason, Delly live up to expectations at the Bucks. Not that he was an absolute disappointment. As a Buck this season, he was actually top 5 in the league for assists per 36 minutes. Were they asking him to be too much? Did the quick emergence of Brogdon push Delly's role aside? Or was he just a bad fit for a long and athletic Bucks team?

Since traded back to the Cavs, he has brought out some classic Delly form.

As Olgun tweeted about Delly:

"Over his 4 games with the Cavs, this season: 12.3 ppg, 4.8 apg, on 53% 3pt (double-digit scoring in every game)." [in 22mpg]

In per 36 terms, that is:
20.3p (FG 55%, 3pt 53%), 7.9a, 4.6r, 2.1to

It isn't just those individual stats that is impressive, largely due to his much improved shooting, it's the way he is orchestrating the bench unit that is impressive, while also making an impact in closing out games. That was his role with the Cavs back when he played alongside LeBron.

In the past few games, Delly appears to have rejuvenated the bench unit. He has some respectable plus-minus records on a woeful Cavs team.

-3 @ Bucks
+17 vs Knicks
+3 vs Bucks
+3 vs 76ers

Many posters here were writing Delly off as being out of the NBA in no time, or downplaying his role in the Boomers team next year. Worn out, expired, whatever. This is more like the Delly we saw back in his last stint at the Cavs where he consistently lifted the bench unit. It was the Delly effect. Is this the real Delly again?

Hope he keeps this up because we need him in form if Simmons doesn't show up in the world cup next year.

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Two years ago

We need him in form if Simmons does show up.

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Two years ago

Bucks had depth at the guard spot which limited Delly's limits and therefore opportunity to have an impact. He was behind Bledsoe, Brogdon, Connaughton and even DiVencenzo. Even though he isn't a guard they also play a lot through Giannis.

The Cav's are a better fit with their roster that is thin on pure PG's. Sexton is the obvious choice with Burks and Clarkson more suited to the playing the 2 spot. Neither of the latter two are ball dominant players either. I also believe that Delly will be great for Sexton's development as a mentor to him while also making sure he gives 100% at every practice. I remember Kyrie saying, when he was at the Cavs, that Delly would pick him up 94 feet in scrimmages which in turn made him a better player. I'm glad he has the opportunity to shine again in the league and show his worth to those that wrote him off. It's not the first time he has done that either!

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Two years ago

The Return of Peanut Butter Delly Time.


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Two years ago

Cav's must be pretty upset that they traded him to tank and he's now dominating haha.

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Two years ago

I'm very happy for him and for the Boomers' backcourt options.
Must admit I was starting to buy into the Delly is washed up talk. Just goes to show what a difference the right situation can make.

Shout out to Torrey Craig as well - averaging 30+ minutes over his last 4 games.

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Two years ago

Amazing how a change in team can reproduce form. It's a fact most sportspeople will encounter over their journey. The saying of right place, right time holds stead, as shown by Delly. Opportunity is gold and if given a sniff, you must take it as Delly has. Shows the character in the guy and hats off to him.
I suspect this will not be lost on other NBA franchises.

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Two years ago

Cavs will be rubbing their hands together because this is making him a much more desirable trade chip/asset.

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Two years ago

The real Delly probably never left even when he was at the Bucks.

Its a pretty simple case of him getting more minutes (or minutes in general) to actually play.

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Two years ago

Delly with 10 points and a +18 on the road in a win against the Pacers today in under 16 minutes. The team functioned far better with Delly as opposed to their starting point guard, Sexton, who had 0 assists. Delly didn't get any clutch minutes this time. He appears to be now too effective for a shamelessly tanking Cavs.

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Two years ago

He must be getting traded

Surely the Cavs FO don't want to win

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Two years ago

Management are clearly unhappy with Delly and his recent domination on the court so they have benched him today. Can't have him risking getting Zion.

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