Fab MeloHt/Wt: 7-0 / 255 lbs
2012 Draft Profile - Fab MeloFab Melo is 7ft250lbs and has ideal size for the center position and shows great activity, especially on the defensive end, and a nice feel for the game and skill level. Melo’s greatest strength is probably as a shot blocker averaging 3 per game. The Big East was easily the most competitive conference the last 2 seasons and Melo improved greatly his sophomore year, getting into better shape and making a name as one of the conference’s toughest low post players. What I like about Melo is he is not just a 7footer that stands under the basket and wait for a play to come to him, Fab has good coordination and size and strength and contributes on hustle plays and he can do a lot of little things to help his team. He is perfect for setting screens, as he gets more experience he will be able to roll to the basket or pop outside and hit a jump shot, he will find a way to get his hands on the ball near the basket and even though he hasn’t developed into a scoring big he can finish with high efficiency on plays down low. What makes Melo most valuable is he has the profile to go into the NBA right away and compete down low, especially on the defensive end with guys like Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum. Fab also has a pretty good shooting stroke for a young big man.
Even though Melo’s profile suggests he is a valuable commodity in the NBA there are a lot of negatives to consider starting with his lack of discipline. He started his cb career out of shape, he has been suspended for team rules violations and academics twice. He has had the tendency to get into foul trouble. He very well could become a defensive weapon but on the offensive end he hasn’t been relied on much. Once he gets on the court it is nice to see a guy with his size and ability be so active and show a love for the game but with all of the other things that have come up you wonder where his heart is.
I do question Melo’s heart some, he has convinced me at times that he loves the game and has a great future, other times I think he is going to be in and out of the league and forgotten soon. There is definitely a need for active 7 footers who can block shots, rebound and hustle on both ends. Fab can definitely play in the NBA right away as a backup big man and if he develops some more he could be a starter for a long time. Ronny Turiaf is a decent comparison.
Player profile submitted by: Tom Patterson
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