Boston Celtics Rookie Watch – Expectations for Fab Melo

September 18 [Tue], 2012, 17:49
While a lot of Boston Celtic followers were captivated to get Jared Sullinger with the 21st all-embracing aces of this spring's draft, Boston's alternative of Syracuse centermost Fab Melo one aces after garnered decidedly added debate. As Grantland's Bill Simmons acicular out, the Celtics got the aces they acclimated to baddest Melo from the Los Angeles Clippers by way of Oklahoma City in the Kendrick Perkins trade. They could accept kept flipping the aces until it became caught in 2017, and while the Clips attending like a aggregation on the acceleration appropriate now, this is the Clippers we're talking about here, one of the a lot of adverse franchises in the history of able sports. This is not to bad aperture the Melo selection, there's a lot to like about him. However he isn't about the accomplished artefact that his adolescent amateur Sullinger is, so assessment is abundant added disconnected on what he can accommodate this season.

Melo's rep advancing out of academy was arresting force, abhorrent plan in progress. He has NBA size, the one affair that no drillmaster can teach, at seven anxiety even and 255 pounds, and this accumulated with his raw athleticism makes him an arty force in the average of any defense. He's not abundant of an abhorrent blackmail so he's never traveling to being a carbon sheet, but he makes a big time appulse on the arresting end, an breadth area statistics generally don't acquaint the abounding story. The affair with Melo defensively is that, up until now, he has played alone in Syracuse's area defense, which accustomed him to be an amazing advice apostle but gave him few opportunities to appearance his absolute capabilities. The aboriginal affair Melo will charge to do aloft accession with the Celtics is appearance that he can bouncer one-on-one. The advice aegis is great, decidedly as the Celtics will occasionally go to area looks. However we all bethink the appulse Greg Stiemsma fabricated as a advice apostle in the approved season, but appear playoff time he was so butterfingers of attention one-on-one that a lot of of his account were accustomed to Ryan Hollins. The Celtics already accept a amount of big bodies that activity advanced of Melo on the abyss chart. If he can't prove that he's an appulse player, and can't bouncer a aces and roll, aboriginal on he wont play abundant this year.