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Monday, January 18, 2016

L.A. Times Poll: Delly is NBA's "Dirtiest Player"

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 4:12 PM

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In a recent Los Angeles Times poll of 24 NBA players and coaches, the Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova was voted the league's "dirtiest player." 

Scuffles in the 2015 playoffs — with Atlanta's Kyle Korver, Al Horford, and Golden State's David Lee — were cited as primary testimony for the vote. Oklahoma City's Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka, Golden State's Andrew Bogut and Memphis' Matt Barnes were also among the top five. 

As Scene has written before, Delly is an aggressive, mosquito-like defensive player, and his persistence often rubs opponents the wrong way. 

From the LA Times: 

But there are those who question whether Dellavedova should be called dirty. They ask: Is he dirty or scrappy? Does he go overboard or is he hard-nosed? Does he cross the line or just have a way of getting under the opponents' skin?

"He ain't dirty. He just plays hard," said an old-school East assistant coach. "See, guys resent people that play hard because they don't want to play hard. So if a guy plays hard, he's dirty. He's not dirty. He just plays hard. People question the play he made in the playoffs against Korver. I just think it was poor judgment."

A younger coach from an Eastern Conference team agreed.

"His stuff really ain't intentional. It's just like goofy. It's not like John Stockton, where John Stockton was calculated. Dellavedova is accidentally dirty. He can't help himself. He's a quality backup point guard."

Tonight, Delly will be tasked with doing what very few guards in the NBA have been able to do thus far in 2015-2016: finding a way to cool down Stephen Curry. 

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