Suns recall De’Anthony Melton from NBA G League
The Phoenix Suns are recalling rookie point guard, De’Anthony Melton from their G-League affiliate, the Northern Arizona Suns per NBA.com. Melton, a second-round pick, came to the Suns with Ryan Anderson by way of a trade that sent Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight to the Houston Rockets.
Melton is a promising young player with the potential to help mitigate some of the problems the Suns are having at point guard. Right now, Phoenix doesn’t have many guys capable of creating shots late in games and the bulk of the offensive responsibility is falling on Devin Booker’s shoulders.
Melton isn’t quite ready to take on a starring role alongside Booker, but he showed promise during his trip to Northern Arizona. Melton notched a triple-double in one of his two games in the G League, notching 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists against the Iowa Wolves.
Right now, the Suns are relying on Isaiah Canaan and Elie Okobo to carry the load at point guard. Melton should have an opportunity to crack the rotation at some point this season. Moreover, the Suns would be foolish to bury him on the bench given their current point guard situation.
Of course, there’s always the potential that Phoenix trades for a point guard to fill that role. John Wall and Terry Rozier are potential options and the Brooklyn Nets currently have two point guards on the roster that will become free agents at the end of the season.
But unless a trade for a point guard happens, Melton should get an opportunity to show what he can do.