The 76ers acquired De’Anthony Melton from the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday in exchange for the draft rights to the No. 23 overall pick (David Roddy) and Danny Green.
Melton, a four-year NBA veteran who turned 24 last month, upped his scoring average to double figures (10.8 points per game) across 73 games played during the 2021-22 season.
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- Melton is a North Hollywood, CA native who played one college season at the University of Southern California in 2016-17.
- Since being drafted and later traded by the Houston Rockets as the No. 46 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft, Melton has appeared in 235 games (55 starts) with Phoenix and Memphis.
- Last season, the 6-foot-2 Melton appeared in a career-high 73 games (15 starts) with the Grizzlies and averaged a career-best 10.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.4 steals in 22.7 minutes per contest. He holds NBA career averages of 8.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 20.7 minutes per game.
- Melton pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds on Jan. 8 at the Clippers and finished the 2021-22 campaign with double-digit rebounds in four contests. He also tallied at least three steals on 12 occasions, and twice blocked three shots in a game.
- Prior to spending the past three seasons with the Grizzlies, Melton saw action in 50 games (31 starts) as a rookie with the Suns. He was traded to Memphis in July 2019.
- Over the past two seasons, Melton is a 39-percent shooter from 3-point range.
- Melton appeared in 36 games during his lone college season at USC, registering 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 27.0 minutes per game for the Trojans.
- The 2017 honorable mention Pac-12 All-Defensive Team selection led the conference and tied a USC freshman record with 69 steals.
- As a high schooler, Melton led Crespi High School in Encino, CA to back-to-back state titles and finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer.