De'Anthony Melton

De'Anthony Melton

23-Year-Old GuardG
Memphis Grizzlies
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Melton has developed somewhat of a cult following from fantasy die-hards as one of the best per-minute fantasy producers in the NBA. Last season, he was 32nd in per-minute production after ranking 48th in 2019-20. The problem is that he's stuck behind Ja Morant. Last year, Melton received 20.1 minutes per game and averaged 9.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 combined steals-plus-blocks. He also made 1.7 threes per game at 41.2 percent. Unfortunately for Melton optimists, the Grizzlies' backcourt situation hasn't changed. Morant is still the starter, and Dillon Brooks is practically locked into 30-plus minutes a night as the shooting guard. There's room for Melton to see action as a reserve at both guard spots, but he'll also still be competing against Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane and new additions Rajon Rondo and Ziaire Williams. Fantasy managers in dynasty/keeper formats with Melton should hold strong in hopes that he eventually finds his way into a more advantageous situation. Managers in standard redraft leagues can ignore Melton. If you're in a deep league, there's clearly upside here, making Melton potentially worth a late-round pick, but it would take injuries or a trade for him to reach that potential. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $34.6 million contract with the Grizzlies in November of 2020.
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Melton was born in 1998 in North Hollywood, California and is one of six children. He led his high school, Crespi, in Encino, California, to back-to-back state titles in 2015 and 2016. Melton left as the team's all-time leading scorer. He was named CIF Southern Section Division III Player of the Year as a senior in 2016, averaging 20.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.2 blocks. Some of Melton's hobbies include biking and playing the piano, and he is interested in becoming a sports analyst after his playing career. Check him out on Instagram (@deanthonymelton). Melton became the first freshman since 2001-02 in NCAA Division I basketball to register at least 300 points, 150 rebounds, 100 assists, 60 steals and 35 blocks in a season. He led the 2016-17 USC Trojans in steals with 1.9 per game. As a freshman, he led the Pac-12 in total steals (69) and was second in the conference in steals per game. Melton was also second among Trojans in average rebounds (4.7) and assists (3.5). Melton then declared for the 2018 NBA Draft. The North Hollywood, California native was selected by Rockets in the second round (46th pick overall). He was later traded to the Suns before his rookie season.

Near double-double off bench
GMemphis Grizzlies
December 1, 2021
Melton finished with nine points (4-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 17 minutes during Tuesday's 98-91 win over the Raptors
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Melton somehow managed to lead all Grizzlies in rebounds despite limited playing time. Truly maximizing his time, he also led the second unit in scoring and shots attempted. Fully usurped by Desmond Bane (23 points), Melton embodies a shell of his early-season usage. He'll need to pass Tyus Jones in the backcourt totem pole to warrant fantasy roster consideration.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
During his second year in the league last season, Melton acted as Ja Morant's backup while also seeing time at shooting guard. Though Melton isn't a great shooter -- 40.1 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 76.9 FT% -- he still scored a decent 7.6 points in 19.5 minutes per game. He also provided 3.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists, though his main fantasy contribution was his 1.3 steals. Despite modest offensive output, the Grizzlies clearly believe in Melton's upside, especially on defense, as he garnered a four-year, $34.6 million contract during the offseason. While Melton will still be competing for minutes with other young guards on the roster, the price Memphis paid him indicates they are interested in him seeing an expanded role. The 22-year-old was on the fringes of fantasy relevance last season, ranking 164th on a per-game basis. While Melton doesn't have a ton of upside given Morant's presence, fantasy managers in deeper leagues could view him as a late-round flier.
The 46th overall pick in the 2018 Draft, Melton appeared in 50 games for the Suns, including 31 starts. In 19.7 minutes per game, he averaged 5.0 points on 5.1 shots, 3.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals, largely demonstrating his upside as a defender. In early July, he was traded to the Grizzlies along with Josh Jackson and draft picks for Jevon Carter and Kyle Korver. It's possible Melton will be able to find regular minutes on the tanking Grizzlies, though Ja Morant and Tyus Jones seems to have the point guard position locked up. As a result, fantasy owners probably shouldn't take the risk on Melton having a fantasy-relevant season, even in deeper formats.
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Gets green light
GMemphis Grizzlies
November 26, 2021
Melton (groin) is good to go for Friday's matchup with the Hawks, Evan Barnes of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
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Upgraded to questionable
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Groin
November 25, 2021
Melton (groin) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Hawks.
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Set to miss additional time
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Groin
November 22, 2021
Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins said Melton (groin) is expected to remain out for at least a few more games beyond Monday's contest against the Jazz, Meghan Triplett of GrindCityMedia.com reports.
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Out again Monday
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November 21, 2021
Melton (groin) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Jazz.
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Out with groin soreness
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November 19, 2021
Melton is out Saturday against the Timberwolves due to groin soreness.
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