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For better or worse, Matthew Dellavedova made a name for himself during the playoffs last season.

The Cavaliers' backup point guard was involved in several tussles during playoff series with the Bulls, Hawks and Warriors.

His aggressiveness irked many players on those teams, including Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and David Lee.

[RELATED: Curry, Lee counter fire with Dellavedova]

As the Warriors and Cavaliers get set to meet in Cleveland Monday night, a poll conducted by The Los Angeles Times sheds light on the perception of Dellavedova around the league.

The Times asked 24 NBA coaches, assistants and players to rank the top five dirtiest players in the league. Responses were given anonymously and according to the newspaper, some of those polled cast more than one vote.

Dellavedova received 13 votes, by far the most, as the dirtiest player in the league. Oklahoma City's Steven Adams came in second with seven votes.

Warriors center, and Dellavedova's countrymen, Andrew Bogut ranked third with five votes.

[RELATED: Draymond irked with Dellavedova after tussle]

The Times shared the results with an Eastern Conference player:

"Wow! Delly and Bogut are both from Australia. How about that! Delly is kind of dirty and he does cross the line. But I don't even think it's even close with Bogut. Dellavedova is a little bit wild and out of control."

 

One Western Conference coach had a scathing opinion of Delly:

"He's as dirty as they come. When you're hurting people, that is not OK."

But one Eastern Conference coach defended Dellavedova:

"He ain't dirty. He just plays hard. 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."

[RELATED: Bogut: Hate facing Dellavedova, 'love playing with him']

As for Bogut, one Western Conference player opined about what makes the Warriors center dirty:

"He crosses the line with some of the stuff he does. I think he hurts guys. He doesn't always do it, but he goes across the line. What Bogut does is very calculating. He knows what he's doing. His elbows, the way sets screens, grabbing and holding guys."