Melton will start Wednesday's season opener against the Cavaliers, Rob Fischer of Grind City Media reports. With Dillon Brooks (hand) sidelined, Melton will get the nod at shooting guard, and he'll be joined by Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson and Steven Adams. Melton appeared in 52 games for Memphis last season but made only one start. He averaged 9.1 points, 2.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.7 threes in 20.1 minutes per contest.
Melton is out for rest Wednesday against Indiana. Melton joins a long list of Grizzlies that are resting during Wednesday's matchup. The guard will presumably be back in the lineup Friday against Chicago. With Dillon Brooks (thigh, hand) still sidelined as well, Jarrett Culver will likely get a great opportunity for additional minutes versus the Pacers.
Melton will be rested Wednesday against the Pacers. Melton has made four preseason appearances and has averaged 12.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 19.4 minutes. With plenty of the Grizzlies' key players resting Wednesday, Jarrett Culver should have a chance to demonstrate what he can do for his new team.
Melton finished Monday's preseason win over the Pistons with 16 points (4-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. After starting the first three preseason games in the absence of Dillon Brooks (thigh), Melton shifted to the bench Monday, even as Brooks remained sidelined. The move didn't seem to affect Melton, who led the bench in scoring and showed off why he's one of the league's best per-minute steal accumulators. In 52 games last season, Melton averaged 9.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 20.1 minutes.
Melton will come off the bench in Monday's preseason game against the Pistons, Evan Barnes of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. Melton started all three exhibitions thus far for Memphis, but he'll move to the bench Monday with John Konchar entering the starting five. Dillon Brooks (thigh) remains sidelined, so Melton should still see plenty of run off the bench.
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