De'Anthony Melton failed to score in 21 minutes against the Mavs on Thursday, adding one rebound, one assist, two blocks and three steals in the starting lineup.
Advice: The Suns went with more Jamal Crawford in the second half to cut into Melton's minutes. Coach Igor Kokoskov talked up Melton a lot earlier this week for his energy, defense and running the offense, so expect him to be closer to 30 minutes on Saturday against the Wolves. And hey, at least he had the defensive stats, and he's shown he can add non-scoring stuff in his young career. Most of his owners should stand pat.
De'Anthony Melton went scoreless Thursday on 0-of-4 shooting as the Phoenix Suns topped the Dallas Mavericks 99-89. Melton grabbed one rebound and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -3 in his 21:21 of playing time. He added two blocks and three steals.
De'Anthony Melton made another start at point guard vs. the Clippers on Monday, scoring 13 points with a career-high eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and two turnovers in 36 minutes.
Advice: He was just 5-of-16 from the field and missed all four triples, but he was a +4 on the night and forced overtime with a step-back jumper with five seconds to go. Melton is averaging 13.3 points, 5.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 triples in 27.5 minutes over his last four games. He's trending up and it makes you wonder why the Suns waited so long to give him an opportunity. It will be interesting to see if the Suns give him a shot next to Devin Booker (hamstring) when he eventually comes back, but there's enough upside here to warrant a pickup.
De'Anthony Melton scored 17 points Tuesday on 7-of-16 shooting as the Phoenix Suns fell to the San Antonio Spurs 111-86. Melton pulled down seven rebounds and dished out six assists, tallying a plus-minus of -3 in his 33:14 of playing time. He tacked on two steals. Melton went 3 of 7 from behind the arc.
De'Anthony Melton started at point guard again on Tuesday and hit 7-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and five turnovers in 33 minutes.
Advice: Devin Booker was out with his hamstring injury and Elie Okobo is in the G-League, clearing the way for Melton to run the show in Phoenix. Melton's averaging 14 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five, and we've been touting him as a pickup for about a week. It's officially time to move on him.
De'Anthony Melton will get another start at point guard vs. the Clippers on Monday.
Advice: He will be matched up against Shai Gilgeous-Alexander which should be a lot of fun since those two had a epic showdown in the summer league. With Jamal Crawford (knee) out, it's possible that we see some two-PG lineups with Melton next to Elie Okobo as well.
De'Anthony Melton scored 13 points Monday, going 5 of 16 from the field, as the Phoenix Suns lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 123-119 in overtime. Melton pulled down four rebounds and dished out eight assists, tallying a plus-minus of +4 in his 35:48 on the floor. He added two steals.
De'Anthony Melton made his first NBA start on Friday, scoring 12 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Heat.
Advice: The Suns first unit got shredded yet again and Melton's -17 was the second worst on the team (Ariza). Melton is capable of doing a little bit of everything on the stat sheet, and chances are the Suns will give him at least a few starts. He's a decent add in deeper leagues, but this Suns team is the biggest mess in the NBA.
De'Anthony Melton made 3-of-12 from the field for seven points with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one turnover in 26 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.
Advice: He could not find his shot and started 0-of-7 from the field before getting some scoring in garbage time. Something has to give for the Suns after they continue to get blown out, and maybe Melton starts for Mikal Bridges after Bridges got an earful from coach Igor Kokoskov -- Melton played next to Elie Okobo in garbage time. Melton is still worth a hold in competitive leagues for his upside in counting stats. Although, he said today that he doesn't play for stats -- we don't believe him.
De'Anthony Melton, Mikal Bridges, Josh Jackson, Trevor Ariza and Deandre Ayton will start against the Heat on Friday.
Advice: Elie Okobo moves to the bench as the Suns look to shake things up after scoring nine points in back-to-back first quarters. Melton has upside for his counting stats and will struggle from the field on a team that can't create offense. He'll likely trend down once Devin Booker (hamstring) returns, but Melton is worth a look in competitive leagues to see how it shakes out.