During last season’s NBA playoffs, Matthew Dellavedova developed a bit of a reputation after a few plays where some considered him to be intentionally malicious. Players were hurt and ejected, and now an informal poll of players and coaches by Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times ranks Delly as the dirtiest player in the Association, with New Zealand native, Steven Adams, and fellow Aussie, Andrew Bogut, rounding out the top three.
Before we get into what those anonymously polled said about the pair from Australia and the Thunder’s stout center from New Zealand, lets track Delly’s last year, which goes a long way towards explaining his top spot on this list.
First, there was the brouhaha with Taj Gibson in the Conference Semifinals. Dellavedova locked his legs around Gibson’s legs, and Gibson was ejected when he retaliated with a kick.