De'Anthony Melton
De'Anthony Melton
22-Year-Old GuardG
Memphis Grizzlies
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $34.6 million contract with the Grizzlies in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

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).

College/International Summary

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.

Starting Saturday
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February 20, 2021
Melton will start Saturday's game against the Suns, Rob Fischer of Fox Sports Southeast reports.
ANALYSIS
The Grizzlies are dealing with many injuries, which is forcing Melton into the starting lineup for the first time this season. In the eight games that he's seen 20-plus minutes, Melton has averaged 12.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals.
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2019

Melton, in his first season with the Grizzlies, averaged a career-high 7.6 points across 19.5 minutes per game in 60 appearances. He also averaged a career-high 3.7 rebounds, plus 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals. In terms of shooting, the point guard set career marks in field-goal percentage (40.1) and free-throw percentage (76.9). In the USC product's team debut, Oct. 23 against the Heat, he posted two assists and one steal in three minutes. He had his first double-digit scoring outing of the season Nov. 9 against the Mavericks, recording 11 points. On Dec. 1 against the Timberwolves, Melton dished out a season-high eight assists. Just one day later against the Pacers, he grabbed a career-high nine rebounds. On Feb. 20, Melton scored a career-high 24 points (5-10 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 10-10 FT) in what was his best overall game of the season. That performance also included six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Melton swiped his career-high six steals during the NBA restart in the Orlando bubble Aug. 9 against the Raptors.

2018

Melton spent his first season in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, appearing in 50 games. He started 31 contests, playing nearly 20 minutes a night. Melton parlayed his time on the court into averages of 5.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He also finished sixth on the squad in assists. Melton doled out a career-high 10 dimes in a win over Denver on Jan. 12. And he'd go on to post 12 outings with at least five assists. Melton scored in double-digits on eight occasions as a rookie. His best output in terms of points came on Dec. 4 against Sacramento, when he poured in 21 points versus the Kings. Melton shot 39.1 percent from the field for the season, including over 30 percent from three-point range. He also showed quick hands on the defensive end, swiping 1.4 balls per contest. Melton would finish fourth on the team in steals and registered four thefts in three different games.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 2nd round (46th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • August 31, 2018
    Traded by the Houston Rockets with Ryan Anderson to the Phoenix Suns for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight.
  • September 21, 2018
    Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Phoenix Suns
  • July 7, 2019
    Traded by the Phoenix Suns with Josh Jackson, a 2020 2nd round draft pick and a 2021 2nd round draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for Jevon Carter and Kyle Korver.
  • November 21, 2020
    Signed a four-year, $34.6 million contract with the Grizzlies.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
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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Racks up four steals in return
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February 20, 2021
Melton finished with five points (2-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one block and four steals in Friday's win over Detroit.
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Officially active
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February 19, 2021
Melton (shoulder) is active for Friday's game against the Pistons.
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Expected to play Friday
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February 19, 2021
Melton (shoulder) is expected to play Friday against the Pistons, Evan Barnes of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
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Questionable Friday
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February 18, 2021
Melton (shoulder) is questionable for Friday's game against the Pistons.
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Out Wednesday
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February 17, 2021
Melton (shoulder) is out Wednesday against the Thunder.
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