The NBA Draft has gone by with the Sixers not using their 23rd pick. Instead of selecting an 18-22 year that most likely could not help the Sixers win, Daryl Morey used the 23rd pick and Danny Green to acquire De’Anthony Melton from the Memphis Grizzlies. Here are some fun facts if you haven’t heard of De’Anthony before.
- Daryl drafted Melton out of USC in 2018 while Morey was still with the Rockets in 2018 with the 46th pick
- His averages for his career are 8.4 ppg, 3.6 rebs, and 2.8apg while shooting 40.9 FG% and 36% from three
- He averaged a career-high 10.8 points per game last season and played 22 min a night for a 56-win Grizzlies team.
Initial thoughts: Melton is a solid catch and shoot shooter who can heat up at any moment. He is very similar to Shake Milton, but the most significant difference between them is that Melton is a much better defender. Austin Krell details this in this tweet.
De’Anthony Melton ranked in the top 5 percentile for combo guards in block% and steal%.
Shot 37.4% from 3 on 8.1 attempts per 36.
— Austin Krell (@NBAKrell) June 24, 2022
The Sixers also save around 8 million dollars via the cap. Melton’s cap hit is about 8 million, while Danny Green was supposed to make 14 million, and if the Sixers used the 23rd pick, it would have cost 2.2 million towards the cap. So we saved money and got a player who could help right away. Common Daryl Morey W if you ask me.