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.