DE’ANTHONY MELTON HAS BEEN THE SIXERS STEAL OF THE YEAR!

By Sarah Paley

PJ Tucker got all the offseason pub when the Sixers signed him as a free agent.

But the steal of last summer was the draft night deal that sent Danny Green’s expiring contract and the draft rights to David Roddy for De’Anthony Melton.

Melton is having a career year for the Philadelphia 76ers. The 24-year-old guard’s shooting and defense have proved especially useful with Tyrese Maxey sidelined. In a 119-112 road victory over the New York Knicks, Melton drilled five three-pointers for 15 points.

Joel Embiid and James Harden took over for the 76ers in crunchtime, bringing home the team’s eighth straight win.

Yet Melton, whose move to the starting lineup has coincided with more focused team defense from the 76ers, helped keep Philadelphia within striking distance with his big shooting night.

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