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With the 22nd pick in the NBA draft…

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) June 28, 2012 Draft 11 Comments

The Celtics select center Fab Melo of Syracuse

Melo’s stock dropped, but he’s a legitimate 7 footer and a defensive specialist.  He’s a big, physical guy who lacks an offensive game.

Is this pick reminding anyone of Kendrick Perkins?

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  • Lee in Oregon

    Reminds me of Steimsma too but you can’t have too many 7-footers. He’ll learn alot from KG if he pays attention.

  • Jester00

    best 2 picks they could have had

  • AOT

    sound vision for the future. If KG is back…huge depth, if not, then we have young unproven bigs to at least kick the boards to Rondo and then ultimately to Green/Pierce/Bradley

  • colaroaster

    no need to get p/o at this pick. this kid has absolutely no chance of playing next year. great project with solid upside.

    • http://thegreatoutthere.blogspot.com Matt W

      You’re crazy. He won’t get a ton on minutes, but they’re not sending a 7-footer to d-league with their depleted roster this season.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Melo will either be a bust like Sean Williams… or seize the opportunity and make Ainge look like a genius.

    No in-between.

    • ItCelticFan

      How can Sean Williams be a bust??? He barely played. Any upgrade from JO is a bonus. Dear Fab Melo, please, at least, stay healthy.

      • RedsLoveChild

        Sean Williams has all the tools to be very effective in the NBA…but is a major head-case.

  • thetitleisours

    Probably would have preferred Arnett Moultrie or Jones instead of Melo but Danny must have seen something for the future. Drafting his teammate will help with his adjustment.

  • thetitleisours

    I was thinking Moultrie could have been our “Buck Williams” for the history buffs out there

  • Ray

    As a ex-Bostonian living in Syracuse, I had plenty of opportunity to see Melo this past season. I’m very pleased with the pick.

    Melo’s ceiling is higher than Perkins. He won’t turn the ball over like Perk. He will block more shots. He also takes charges. He’s not the strongest rebounder (but then again neither was Perkins). He has showed good instincts on defense, hopefully it will transfer to the Celtic’s system.

    I probably don’t need to tell you that the academic issues he had are nothing that will impact his NBA career. Supposedly he has more offensive game than he was asked to do at Syracuse.

    Watching him earlier this year I thought the Celtics could have used him right then.