Fabricio Paulino de Melo

The 22nd pick of the 2012-2013 NBA Draft, can possibly see some playing time in the upcoming weeks due to the thumb injury to Chris Wilcox.

Melo was picked up from Syracuse after averaging 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks, shooting 57% from the field in 25 minutes, in his final year with the Orange. Melo also managed to grab almost 14% of the defensive rebounds, and 12% on the offensive end. Melo also accounted for an impressive 13% of blocked shots on the team during his final year. Melo also had a defensive rating of 93.7 (93.7 points per 100 possessions).

The NBA Summer League was an opportunity for Melo to showcase some of his talents (more specifically his defensive talents). In the 10 games he played in the Summer League, Melo averaged 2.9 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks shooting 41% from the field, in almost 17 minutes of playing time.

Melo looked very uncomfortable offensively in his first 5 games of the Summer League, averaging just below 2 points, and only shooting the ball 29%, but it was good to see that he got more comfortable in Vegas, averaging 4 points on 53% shooting, but as we all know, Melo wont be called upon to provide any offense.

Melo's best performance came against the Orlando Magic in which Melo scored 5 points on 2 of 5 shooting, and recorded his Summer League-High 10 rebounds (4 offensively). He also managed to get himself 2 steals while only picking up 2 fouls in his 23 minutes of playing time.

Melo didn't have much of a preseason unfortunately. He only averaged 6 minutes of playing time, 0.3 points, 0.1 blocks and 1.3 rebounds.

Sending Melo to the D-League was the best thing the Celtics could've done. It gives Melo an opportunity to play more and hone his skills. So far, Melo has been making progress.

Through 9 games with the Maine Red Claws, Melo has averaged 8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, shooting 49% from the field, in 24 minutes. Melo has shown glimpses of what he can provide the Celtics. His monster triple-double of 15 points, 16 rebounds, and 14 blocks is certainly a way to get called up by the Celtics, especially considering the situation the Celtics are in right now.

I'm expecting BIG things from Fab Melo, whenever the Celtics are ready to call him up. Whether he plays for 25 minutes or 2.5 minutes, I want to see what Melo can produce on an actual NBA court.

What are your thoughts? Can Fab Melo be a solid contributor for Boston Celtics? Should he remain in the D-League?

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