"Looking back, there may have been a few things I would have done differently." - Rob Babcock reflecting on his Raptors days.

41  -  Fab Melo - C, 7'0, 255
Texas Legends - In the D-League player pool
       Date of birth: 06/20/1990
       Country: Brazil
     Drafted (NBA): 22nd pick, 2012
     Out of: Syracuse
  NBA Experience: 1 years
  Hand: Right

When: Where:
2010 - 2012 Syracuse (NCAA)
June 2012 - present Boston Celtics (NBA)

2012 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 22nd overall by Boston.
2nd July, 2012 NBA Signed four year, $6,183,368 rookie scale contract with Boston. Included team options for 2014/15 and 2015/16.
14th November, 2012 D-League Assigned by Boston to Maine Red Claws of the D-League.
28th November, 2012 D-League Recalled by Boston from Maine Red Claws of the D-League.
29th November, 2012 D-League Assigned by Boston to Maine Red Claws of the D-League.
10th December, 2012 D-League Recalled by Boston from Maine Red Claws of the D-League.
12th December, 2012 D-League Assigned by Boston to Maine Red Claws of the D-League.

From blog:

   2012 NBA Draft Diary

By the way, here's what Fab Melo would look like with only one eyebrow.


Pick 22: Boston picks again here, yet for some reason we have to wait another five minutes and change before they do. Couldn't they call in the two at once? Moments like this are why the draft starts to drag. Nevertheless, the Celtics eventually pick Fabulous Carmelo, giving themselves a product big with Mouhamed Sene or Omer Asik potential (or, if you'd rather think highly, Dikembe Mutombo potential).

Melo went from being a complete disappointment in his freshman season to a partial disappointment as a sophomore. He finally figured out how to defend in the zone, which won't help him whatsoever in Boston, yet he developed little offensively, fouled a ton, and rebounded fairly sedately for one so physically dominant. Furthermore, as his production increased, so did the drama, including being suspended for the NCAA tournament due to academic issues. Relative to expectations, Melo didn't really work out in Syracuse. At least by being drafted this late, expectations in Boston are quite low.

If Kevin Garnett returns for Boston, and Melo (and to a degree Sullinger) want it enough, they're about to get quite the education.

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   An Unnecessarily Exhaustive Guide To The 2010/11 NCAA Tournament, Part 2: Eastern Region

Even in a showcase game, Fab Melo couldn't help but foul.

[...] Alongside Jackson on the cowbell, highly touted brilliant named 7'0 Brazilian freshman Fab Melo has been a complete washout. He cannot score, he cannot rebound out of the zone, and he cannot defend in the zone. Save for one late season offensive showing against bottom feeding DePaul, it's been a nothing season for him. Instead, it is Syracuse's other freshman big, Baye Moussa-Keita, who has been the impressive one. BMK is very long and athletic, and loves to use it - he runs the court, crashes the glass, and tries to block everything. At this point he is very offensively limited, and rather easy to outmuscle, but the potential is apparent.

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   2013 Summer League rosters, Orlando Summer Pro League - Boston

Fab Melo

In 33 D-League games this season, Melo posted averages of 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in only 26 minutes per game. That intrigues. There's a fair way to go - those numbers aren't dominating, nor especially close to it, and there's reasons he played only 26 minutes per game, not least of which is the 3.3 fouls that came with them. But Melo is a piece for the future, and even if he doesn't work out as a piece for the future, you stick with him in the belief that he will be. That shot blocking can't be taught.

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   These unsigned big men are ready to help (or hurt) your team

Fab Melo - It's hard to have much worse of a rookie season than Melo did, the only highlight of which was a D-League triple double. Out of the league after only one year, camp contract with the Mavericks didn't end well, due to their 15 guaranteed contracts, and he has yet to join the D-League. Melo will no doubt get multiple looks in the future, but he needs some stability to develop first.

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