De'Anthony Melton

De'Anthony Melton

25-Year-Old GuardG
Philadelphia 76ers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After years of promise, Melton finally landed himself a meaningful role in Philadelphia last year, closing as the 75th-ranked player in nine-category leagues. He played a career-high 27.9 minutes per game, averaging 10.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.0 three-pointers. He has the ability to defend a number of positions, making him a versatile player in both fantasy and reality. The guard can step in and cover for any number of players, something that happens more often than not on a team such as the 76ers. He isn't the most exciting option in fantasy, but he gets it done on most nights, especially on the defensive end of the court. It would not be surprising to see him slip again in drafts, making him a sneaky value pick in the later rounds. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $34.63 million contract with the Grizzlies in November of 2020. Traded to the 76ers in June of 2022.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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.

Gets light bench role in return
GPhiladelphia 76ers
February 24, 2024
Melton (back) recorded seven points (2-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound and one assist across 16 minutes Friday in the 76ers' 104-97 win over the Cavaliers.
ANALYSIS
Melton came off the bench and was on a playing-time restriction in his return from an 18-game absence due to a lumbar spine stress response, but the 25-year-old guard won't necessarily be in store for a major uptick in minutes even once he's free of limitations. The 76ers beefed up their guard depth at the trade deadline with the acquisitions of Buddy Hield and Cameron Payne, and the recent addition of Kyle Lowry -- who sat out Friday for conditioning purposes -- presents yet another threat that Melton will face for playing time. Melton could eventually unseat Hield or Kelly Oubre for a starting role on the wing, but his playing-time outlook moving forward is still unquestionably worse than it had been prior to him suffering the back injury in January.
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How does De'Anthony Melton compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
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True Shooting %
54.0%
 
Effective Field Goal %
49.9%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
59.0%
 
Free Throw Rate
23.1%
 
Offensive Rebound %
3.0%
 
Defensive Rebound %
12.0%
 
Total Rebound %
7.5%
 
Assist %
14.6%
 
Steal %
2.4%
 
Block %
1.4%
 
Turnover %
7.6%
 
Usage %
17.8%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
26.0
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.9
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Injury not considered serious
GPhiladelphia 76ers
December 21, 2023
Philadelphia coach Nick Nurse said he doesn't anticipate Melton's thigh injury being anything too serious, Gina Mizell of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
ANALYSIS
Melton did not practice Thursday after being diagnosed with a left thigh contusion that he picked up against Minnesota on Wednesday. He's considered questionable to play Friday against the Raptors, and it sounds like he'll be day-to-day going forward. Melton has been key to Philadelphia's defense this season and is averaging 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocks per game.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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One of the more polarizing fantasy assets, Melton finds himself opening the season with a new team but potentially a very similar role. Despite clear upside, playing time has remained an issue for Melton throughout his career. In just 23 minutes per game, he ended the 2021-22 season just outside the top 100 in per-game eight-category fantasy production thanks to averages of 10.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.9 triples. While there is a chance he simply slides in as a direct replacement for Danny Green, many will be hoping that he can etch himself into Doc Rivers' good books, possibly warranting a few extra minutes. His ability to contribute on both ends of the floor should again lend itself to fantasy value. However, managers have every right to be cautious when targeting him in drafts. Given the element of uncertainty, he's best suited as a late-round flier in standard drafts for managers who need steals production.
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.
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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Cleared, but will be limited
GPhiladelphia 76ers
February 23, 2024
Melton (back) is available for Friday's game versus the Cavaliers, Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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Officially considered probable
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Back
February 23, 2024
Melton (back) is probable for Friday's game against the Cavaliers.
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Out Thursday, will play Friday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Back
February 22, 2024
Coach Nick Nurse said Thursday that Melton (back) will play in Friday's game versus the Cavaliers, Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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Ruled out for Thursday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Back
February 21, 2024
Melton (back) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Knicks.
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Goes through practice
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Back
February 21, 2024
Melton (back) was able to practice in full Wednesday, Lauren Rosen of the 76ers' official site reports.
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