Melo Trimble never heard his name called during the NBA draft. Nothing changed during the Philadelphia 76ers' NBA Summer League opener.
The former Maryland men's basketball star, who turned pro after his junior season in College Park, did not play Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics. He was one of six 76ers to remain on the bench in their 89-88 loss in Utah.
Philadelphia plays again Wednesday night, against the host Jazz, before concluding its first Summer League slate Thursday night against the San Antonio Spurs. The 76ers then move on to the Las Vegas Summer League, where they'll play at least five games.
If Monday’s game is any indication of Trimble’s place in Philadelphia’s pecking order, he’ll need to overcome veterans and rookies, both drafted and undrafted. No. 1 pick MarkelleFultz started for the 76ers alongside NBA Development League point guard Larry Drew II (10 points, five assists and no turnovers on 4-for-9 shooting in 30 minutes).
After Drew came undrafted Kentucky combo guard Isaiah Briscoe, who was unimpressive: no points, two rebounds, two assists and four turnovers on 0-for-2 shooting in 14 minutes. They’re all battling for a spot in a depth chart that also features ballhandlers Jerryd Bayless and T.J. McConnell, or at least a spot on Philadelphia’s Gatorade League affiliate.
Wing Isaiah Miles (Milford Mill, Glenelg Country) had 10 points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes for the 76ers, missing just one of his five shots.