posted at 2/8/2013 12:20 AM EST
But he was supposed to help NOW .... remember?
From your favorite resource: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1207243-fab-melo-to-boston-celtics-scouting-report-video-highlights-and-analysis
NBA scouts are big fans of Melo's defense, rebounding, and length; he looks like a star NBA big man. However, they are very concerned about his conditioning and basketball IQ, which could limit his improvement in the pros, and are very wary of his lack of any real offensive skills. According to Chad Ford, ESPN's chief draft evaluator:
He shows a solid touch around the basket and he can hit the 18-footer pretty regularly as well. He's going to be a big-time project for whoever takes him, and there will always be concerns about his dedication and motivation..
So, scouts like Melo as an NBA contributor, but few buy him as a future star.
Melo will make an impact from day one on those skills alone, earning quality backup minutes because of his ability to clog the paint defensively and prevent second scoring attempts. He won't start because he cannot play a lick of offense, but there are always minutes for a seven footer with strong defensive instincts and rebounding ability.
There's no denying the Boston Celtics have glaring holes, which affected their run against the Miami Heat and may be even more severe should one or more of their veteran players retire or go to another team. However, Fab Melo has the potential to make an immediate impact for the Celtics. <
So instead of an immediate impact you accept 2015 ... I don't. Danny put it all on red and has nothing to show for it now.