Matthew Dellavedova has come out of nowhere this postseason to turn into one of the NBA’s best stories.
Undrafted free agent out of Saint Mary’s by way of Australia becomes the only guy in the NBA that can make Stephen Curry human. Should I mention the 22 points that he had in the Game 3 win over Golden State on Tuesday night?
While college basketball fans may remember some of Dellavedova’s exploits as a collegian, personally, I harken back to the 2013 national title game, when an underdog from Michigan played his way into the hearts of the nation.
Spike Albrecht was a freshman point guard who wound up at Michigan instead of a program like Appalachian State because the Wolverines needed a point guard to back-up Trey Burke. He didn’t play much during the season, but when Burke picked up two quick fouls in the 2013 national title game, Albrecht was thrust into action — much like Dellavedova, when Kyrie Irving got injured.
And Albrecht responded in an unforgettable way: scoring 17 first half points to help Michigan open up a 12-point lead on the Louisville Cardinals:
It was incredible to watch live.
But that wasn’t the end of the story.
Michigan eventually lost that game thanks in large part to senior Luke Hancock, who hit four straight threes late in the first half to erase the Michigan lead: