Melli will come off the bench Saturday against the Hornets, Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network reports. After three straight appearances drawing a start, Melli will come off the bench, as coach Alvin Gentry has decided to give Kenrich Williams the nod at power forward. Across four games coming off the bench, Melli has averaged 7.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 14.3 minutes.
Melli totaled just two points and one block in 10 minutes during Friday's 122-104 loss to the Raptors. Melli started for the Pelicans but produced basically nothing during his limited time on the floor. This was simply a matchup move by the coaching staff and he will likely shift back to the bench for the Pelicans next game against the Hornets. Melli has the ability to get hot from the perimeter but a serious lack of consistency renders him a non-factor in the majority of leagues.
Melli will start Friday's matchup against the Raptors, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Melli was taken out of the starting five for Monday's game against the Nets and ended up not seeing any time on the court. In the six games he has played, Melli is averaging 6.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 14.3 minutes.
Melli will come off the bench Monday against Brooklyn, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports. Melli has started each of the last two games, but he's headed for a reserve role Monday. He's averaging 7.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in four contests off the bench this year.
Melli is starting Thursday against Denver. It'll be the rookie's first career start, as he'll also likely see a larger role than initially expected Thursday. The 28-year-old is currently averaging 14.3 minutes, 7.5 points and 2.8 rebounds over the first four games of the season.
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