During the NBA’s preseason, teams will often play host to overseas teams. On Wednesday night, the Sacramento Kings faced off against Melbourne United of the NBL in Australia. Former Maryland basketball star Melo Trimble is a member of Melbourne United, and he dazzled against the Kings.
Trimble started at guard for Melbourne and registered 31 minutes during the 124-110 loss to Sacramento. He tallied 20 points and six assists, while shooting 6/13 from the field, including 1/3 from behind the arc. Trimble did most of his work at the foul line, making seven of his eight attempts.
In honor of Maryland – Indiana week, @_STAYMELO decided to get some sweet revenge on Yogi Ferrell tonight as Melbourne United faces the Sacramento Kings. (got the extra point too). #HeATerp pic.twitter.com/asayA0z0VQ
— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) October 17, 2019
Melbourne’s game against the Kings wasn’t their only game against NBA opposition, as they also faced off against the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 13.
Trimble also had a great performance against the Clippers, bringing in 22 points. He also dished out six assists and had three steals. He shot 8/18 from the field, going 2/4 from behind the arc and 4/5 from the free-throw line. The Clippers wound up winning 118-100, but Trimble left Los Angeles with an impressive display.
Many have doubted whether Melo Trimble has NBA-level talent. But it sure looked like he belonged in the league playing against the LA Clippers with the NBL's Melbourne United today.
The former Terp finished with 22 points, 6 assists and 3 steals, and his team led at halftime. pic.twitter.com/AXQo7musKp
— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) October 13, 2019
The 2019-2020 NBL season started earlier in October, and through two games, Trimble is averaging over 20 points, 5.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game. While playing with Cairns Taipans in the NBL last year, he averaged over 22 points per game and just under five assists per game.
Melbourne is headed back to Australia following the two games as they gear up to take on the Perth Wildcats Sunday.