Option #2: Fab Melo
The Celtics need a center in the worst way, so this makes a lot of sense, and Melo is expected to go #24 overall to the Cleveland Cavs according to nbadraft.net. The Celtics would not be reaching on Melo, a true 7 footer who needs to spend some time in the weight room still, Melo’s shoulders would provide a great place for the Celtics to found their defense, as he can both block shots and rebound well.
NBADraft.net compares Melo to Dan Gadzuric, but he should have better than career backup potential, to the point of being a fringe starter. And, on the Celtics, he would start eventually. At least for a while. He has solid footwork, but will benefit from a big man coach.
Melo’s biggest impact initially will be defensively, because his post game is still a ways from being able to matter much on the pro level. In college, Melo’s length was enough to get him the kind of high percentage shots needed to score some points, but in the NBA, there are plenty of big bodies to contend with. He has a great standing reach, but right now is limited mostly to easy shots around the hoops, and a lot of second chance points.
Melo has some natural tools that make him an interesting prospect. He has great hands and super timing, which should enable him to even make an All NBA defensive team if he works hard. In some ways, he is reminiscent of another late first round pick, Serge Ibaka of the Thunder. I would much rather compare Melo to Ibaka than Dan Gadzuric, and NBA teams will do so, too, initially; they don’t plan to draft busts.
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