Melton was recalled by the Suns on Saturday. Melton had been spending time with the Northern Arizona Suns of the G League, where he played three games on this most recent assignment and averaged 18.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.
Melton scored 25 points and tallied eight rebounds to go along with three assists in a loss Friday to Austin. Melton was one of just two players to score in the double figures for Northern Arizona, as the offense was stiffled for most of the contest. A woeful team-wide 18 percent from beyond the three-point line was aided by Melton's ghastly 3-of-10 mark, a figure that should improve as the season progresses.
The Suns assigned Melton to their G-league affiliate Saturday, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports. Melton, who was acquired alongside Ryan Anderson from the Rockets over the summer, had only appeared in two games, averaging 3.5 points, 1.5 steals and 1.0 rebound per contest. He has been assigned to the Northern Arizona Suns and will presumably be available for their season-opener Saturday night. Depending on his development with Northern Arizona as well as the injury situation in Phoenix, Melton will have an opportunity to be back in the NBA at some point this season.
Melton provided seven points (3-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt), three steals, two rebounds, one assist and one block across 20 minutes in Wednesday's 120-90 loss to the Spurs. With Isaiah Canaan (ankle) and Devin Booker (hamstring) both unavailable, Melton entered the rotation for the first time all season as the backup to starting point guard Elie Okobo. It was a rough shooting night for both rookie second-round picks, and Melton made matters worse by racking up five fouls and turning the ball over twice. There were some positive takeaways from Melton -- namely, his production in the defensive categories -- and that will most likely be the main area he offers fantasy value as a rookie. Melton could struggle to make an impact even in deeper leagues, however, if the eventual returns of Canaan and Booker push him down in the backcourt pecking order.
Melton is inactive for Wednesday's game against the Lakers, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports. Melton's inactive status seeped through the grapevine rather slyly without many details to go along with it. If his absence is to be prolonged, expect Phoenix to provide more information in the coming days. As for now, there is little to suggest Melton will miss an extended period of time, although more clarity will soon help garner a better understanding of his future availability.
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