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."