Former Maryland star Melo Trimble to Work Out for Sixers
If you take the Philadelphia Sixers at their word, they appear set on playing Ben Simmons at the point guard position.
Of the two point guards on the current roster, Jerryd Bayless is entering the second-year of a three-year deal where he is still owed $17.6 million over the next two seasons. Plus T.J. McConnell is now entering his third season on a very team friendly deal and looks like a capable backup, while still developing.
The Sixers prefer to play Bayless off-the-ball with Simmons, but could look to add another ball-handler just in case Simmons struggles to adjust to the point guard position in the NBA.
A high profile player from the Terrapins, Trimble, listed at 6-foot-3, is the projected at best as a second-round pick with many expecting him to fall out of the draft. Of course, the Sixers own four second round picks, so could be doing their due diligence with a talented college player.
Trimble, who just turned 22, led the Maryland in scoring with 16.8 points and also led the team in assists with 3.7 per game.
Scouts like his game in pick and roll action, and think that’s where his game will translate best on the NBA level. A couple of areas that he would need to work on to stick around the league are three point shooting and finishing at the rim. He shot just 31% this season from three-point range, which is down from the 41% he shot in his breakout from freshmen year.
The junior point guard worked out with the Wizards this week and is scheduled to workout for the Rockets on Monday.