Stock fading: De’Anthony Melton
Melton is a key piece for the 76ers because he gives them needed perimeter defense next to Tyrese Maxey in the backcourt. The 25-year-old is the team’s starter, but he was unable to buy a basket until Monday’s win over the Wizards. Still after a five-of-ten night from the field, Melton is shooting 32.7 percent from the field and 66.7 percent on his free throws for the season.
There have been positives. Melton is dishing out a career-high 4.8 assists per game to go with 1.3 steals in 26.7 minutes. Philadelphia is sixth in defensive rating so far this season, and Melton is playing a crucial role in their success.
Can the 76ers win in the postseason if Melton offers next to nothing on the offensive end of the floor? In the final six games of the Celtics series, he averaged just 4.5 points and 1.3 assists on 27.8 percent shooting from the field as Philadelphia was bounced in the second round. Through the first five postseason contests last season, Melton put in 12 points per game and shot 46.7 percent from the field as the Sixers won each of those games.
The Philadelphia 76ers need De’Anthony Melton to sink open shots and make a few plays. He does not need to be their best player. Just passable on offense, but it has not happened thus far.