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    Getty Sixers guard De'Anthony Melton has been a "monster" defensively, according to Joel Embiid. The Philadelphia 76ers threw the kitchen sink at Devin Booker on Monday night. Their bigs blitzed the perennial All-Star on the perimeter and elbows, including one memorable possession where Joel Embiid locked him up. But the real star of the show was newcomer De’Anthony Melton who put Booker in jail. Sure, the box score will show the 6-foot-5 guard finished with 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Sure, he exploded for 14 points in the third quarter. That was the exception to the rule as head coach Doc Rivers made the smart decision to mirror Booker’s minutes with Melton’s. “He was awesome,” Rivers said. “I thought DeAnthony Melton defensively was awesome.” Paul Reed and De’Anthony Melton on the court together is a recipe for nonstop turnovers Sixers defense has looked much better as a whole — Sean Barnard (@Sean_Barnard1) November 8, 2022 Read More From Heavy Get Coached Into the Best Shape of Your Life Booker attempted just one shot in the fourth quarter,...
    Getty De'Anthony Melton #8 of the Philadelphia 76ers goes to the basket against Scottie Barnes #4 and Precious Achiuwa #5 of the Toronto Raptors during the first half of their basketball game at the Scotiabank Arena on October 26, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. There have been a number of positive takeaways from the new additions to the Philadelphia 76ers to start the season. However, De’Anthony Melton has especially made his presence felt to start the year. Through the opening eight games of the season, Melton ranks first in the NBA with a 4.5% steal percentage. He also leads the league in deflections (33), ranks 2nd in defensive box plus/minus (3.3), and is 2nd in overall steals on the season (16). Having Melton as the third guard with the Sixers has been especially impactful considering the defensive shortcoming of James Harden and Tyrese Maxey. The former Grizzlies standout has made his presence felt by picking up their defensive slack. Through the opening eight games, he is averaging 9.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. Melton is...
    Getty Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies drives past Bruno Fernando #20 of the Houston Rockets for a layup during the first quarter at Toyota Center on October 21, 2022 in Houston, Texas. One of the more exciting moves of the Philadelphia 76ers‘ offseason was the addition of De’Anthony Melton. During this year’s draft, the Sixers flipped Danny Green and the 23rd overall pick for the 24-year-old guard. Being traded is nothing new for Melton. Daryl Morey initially drafted him during his time in charge of the Rockets but traded him to the Phoenix Suns following his time in summer league. Melton played one season with the Suns before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies where he found his home for the past three seasons. The USC product spent a great deal of time around Grizzlies’ superstar Ja Morant during their three seasons together. During the team shootaround ahead of the Sixers’ matchup with the San Antonio Spurs tonight, Melton met with media members. He was asked how his new backcourt partner, Tyrese Maxey, stacks up against...
    Getty De'Anthony Melton #8 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses at 76ers Training Complex on September 26, 2022 in Camden, New Jersey. This offseason was filled with turnover for the Philadelphia 76ers. Daryl Morey and the rest of the front office have put in a ton of work in attempting to create the ideal supporting cast to elevate the Sixers’ roster to true championship contenders. One of the players who is expected to play a major role in this is De’Anthony Melton. The Sixers added the springy guard in a draft night trade for Danny Green and the 23rd overall pick. With his second preseason game under his belt, Melton is already taking home some special hardware. De’Anthony Melton earned the Big Energy Chain after his first game in a #Sixers uniform at Wells Fargo Center. He was obviously pumped … #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/2R2qWeuFfL — Michael Greger (@mike_greger) October 6, 2022 Melton earned the ‘Big Energy Chain’ for his performance against the Cavaliers. The former Grizzlies standout ended with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block...
    Getty New Sixers guard De'Anthony Melton was acquired from Memphis in a draft-day trade in 2022. De’Anthony Melton bares a bit of a grudge toward Matisse Thybulle, his new teammate on the Philadelphia 76ers. Don’t worry, it’s a friendly one. The two players aren’t in any imminent danger of coming to blows. However, it is the uncomfortable elephant in the room stemming from a college slight. You see, Thybulle beat Melton out for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2018. Some might even say that Thybulle “stole” that award. Yes, it still stings. “I think that’s still a sensitive subject,” Melton said at Sixers Media Day. “But I’ve had several conversations with him about that. I’m going to keep bringing it up until they figure it out or change something.” De'Anthony Melton lost 2018 Pac-12 DPOY to Matisse Thybulle? No hard feelings, right? "I think that's still a sensitive subject, but I've had several conversations with him about that. I'm going to keep bringing it up until they figure it out or change something." #Sixers — Michael...
    Getty DeAnthony Melton #0 of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles. For the second time since joining the Philadelphia 76ers‘ front office, Daryl Morey has completely re-tooled in one offseason. Along with signing James Harden to a new deal, he brought in multiple depth pieces to better complement the team’s core. Given they are a pair of former Houston Rockets, many have focused on the Sixers signing Danuel House Jr. and P.J. Tucker in free agency. However, Morey made another move that has not gotten enough shine. On draft night, the Sixers executed a trade with the Memphis Grizzles. They parted ways with veteran Danny Green and a first-round pick in exchange for De’Anthony Melton. The 24-year-old is fresh off a career year in which he averaged 10.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, and 1.4 SPG. As a defensive-minded guard who is an efficient three-point shooter, Melton is expected to fit seamlessly alongside the Sixers’ stars. In Bleacher Report’s ranking of the offseason’s most underrated moves, this trade came in fourth. Joel Embiid, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris...
    Getty De'Anthony Melton #0 and Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies react following a basket Even without any official training camps or offseason workouts in progress, the Philadelphia 76ers are finding ways to stay in shape this offseason. Some, like James Harden, are spending time in the gym, working on conditioning. Others, like Tyrese Maxey, arrived back at the Sixers’ training facility in early August to get in some runs. And then there’s De’Anthony Melton, who is spending the summer collecting rings. Okay, maybe not those rings. But on Sunday, the Sixers’ offseason addition won the Drew League Playoffs. The Torrance, California league is regarded as the nation’s premier summer pro-am. And the competition lived up to that top-tier billing. NBA stars LeBron James, Trae Young, and John Collins headlined a list of strong cameos at the Drew League this summer. But in the end, it was Melton, along with Wizards guard Delon Wright, who secured the chip. Their team — named Hometown Favorites — trounced Black Pearl Elite 69-55. It may just be pro-am, but there’s no...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns. One of the biggest storylines for the Philadelphia 76ers last season was Tyrese Maxey bursting on the scene. After being forced into a full-time starting spot, the former first-round showed why he is a foundational piece to the team moving forward. Across 75 games last season, Maxey averaged 17.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, and 4.3 APG. He was also third in the NBA in three-point percentage at 42.7%. Only Luke Kennard (44.9%) and Desmond Bane (43.6%) were more effective from beyond the arc. Following his breakout season, Maxey is starting to get some league-wide recognition. Recently, the people at Bleacher Report named their most exciting young prospects at every position. Maxey came in at No.1 among shooting guards, beating out Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets. PG No. 1: LaMelo BallNo. 2: Darius Garland SG No. 1: Tyrese MaxeyNo. 2: Jalen Green SF No. 1: Anthony EdwardsNo. 2: Keldon Johnson PF No. 1: Zion WilliamsonNo. 2: Scottie Barnes...
    Getty DeAnthony Melton #0 of the Memphis Grizzlies drives to the basket against Austin Rivers #25 and Jeff Green #32 of the Denver Nuggets. Even with the alleged tampering allegations, it has been a successful offseason for the Philadelphia 76ers. Not only did Daryl Morey bring in multiple depth pieces, but he did so without giving up any everyday players from last season. While Danny Green was a key fixture on and off the floor, he is expected to miss most of the year recovering from an ACL injury. Most of the buzz regarding the Sixers’ offseason is the flurry of moves in free agency, but Morey’s retooling of the roster began on draft night. Right before it was time to make a pick, he executed a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies to acquire De’Anthony Melton. Melton, 24, had a career year for the Grizzlies in 2022. Across 73 games, he averaged 10.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, and 1.4 SPG. The former second-round pick also shot 37.4% from beyond the arc on five attempts per game. During...
    Getty DeAnthony Melton #0 of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles. After coming up short in the postseason, Daryl Morey has been hard at work retooling the Philadelphia 76ers‘ roster. Thanks to a selfless act from James Harden, he had adequate cap space to bolster the supporting cast. Right at the start of free agency, Morey signed veteran wings Danuel House Jr. and P.J. Tucker to multi-year deals. While many have focused on the moves he’s made in recent weeks, Morey made a move on draft night that flew under the radar. He executed a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies to acquire young guard De’Anthony Melton in exchange for Danny Green and a first-round pick. Recently, a panel of NBA reporters for ESPN did a roundtable discussing multiple topics heading into next season. When picking what signing or trade will be the most impactful next year, Jamal Collier chose the Sixers adding Melton. De’Anthony Melton to the Philadelphia 76ers. Melton fit nicely with the Memphis Grizzlies, playing next to Morant and filling in while Morant was injured. He’s exactly the kind of...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts after making a three point basket. One of the biggest storylines last season for the Philadelphia 76ers was the emergence of Tyrese Maxey. After playing sparingly as a rookie, the former first-round pick was thrust into a full-time starting position. Even while adjusting to a new role, Maxey quickly proved why he was arguably the biggest steal of his draft class. While Maxey’s game took a big leap from year one to year two, there is one key area of development that gets brought up regularly. His three-point shooting. Looking at his lone college season to now, there is a night and day difference in Maxey’s ability to space the floor. At Kentucky, Maxey shot 29.2% from beyond the arc on roughly four attempts per game. In his first season as a pro, he connected on 30.1% of his threes. Last year, Maxey’s efficiency shot all the way up to 42.7%. Bleacher Report’s Greg Swarts recently opened up on how crucial this development is for the Sixers when ranking the league’s top big threes.  Maxey...
    Getty Danny Green #14 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during the second quarter during Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round. Danny Green endured a lot during his two seasons in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform. He fought through several nagging injuries and even survived a small spat with the fans, but his leadership came as advertised and proved to be his biggest asset. Green was sent packing to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night. The 35-year-old wing is recovering from a torn ACL and LCL suffered in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. There is no timeline for recovery, including the likelihood that Green could be out until after the All-Star break. Nevertheless, Memphis has guaranteed his $10 million option for the 2022-23 season. Philadelphia had been counting on Green’s championship experience — three rings, with three different franchises — to push them over the hump. It didn’t happen, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. Green made sure to thank everyone in the Sixers’ organization on his way out the door, adding a special message for...
    Getty LeBron James and Ja Morant The Philadelphia 76ers added a really good player on draft night if Twitter reactions mean anything. The biggest endorsement came from Ja Morant who raced to social media to express his regret over losing D’Anthony Melton to the Sixers. His Memphis Grizzlies sent Melton to Philly in exchange for Danny Green and the No. 23 pick. The move was met with instant applause following weeks of trade speculation. The Sixers made a deal for a player who averaged 10.8 points and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 37.4% from three-point land. He logged 22.7 minutes per contest last season in Memphis while backing up Morant. Those two are certainly going to miss each other. ???? . it's 4L tho ???????? @DeAnthonyMelton pic.twitter.com/Qs28VRd1cu — Ja Morant (@JaMorant) June 24, 2022 He’s also regarded as a sound defender, a combo guard who rated among the league leaders in blocks and steals. Melton was a favorite teammate in his prior stop. And the 24-year-old is regarded as a sound defender, a combo guard who rated...
    Getty De'Anthony Melton of the Memphis Grizzlies, who was linked to the New York Knicks. The New York Knicks could be looking to make some serious changes this offseason. After failing to make the postseason in any capacity this past year, they need to decide whether or not they will structure their roster in an attempt to compete right now or tear things down and begin a rebuild. They own the 11th pick in the upcoming draft, and on top of that, they should have some interesting opportunities available to them in the trade market. So, as they attempt to bridge the gap between playoff contention and rebuilding for the future, adding young players who can help them compete should be a top priority. Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report compiled a list of three “sleeper” trade candidates who the Knicks could choose to pursue. Among them was Memphis Grizzlies guard De’Anthony Melton. At just 24 years old, he would be a big-time help with both of their potential timelines. “In case you haven’t heard this a million times...
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