Fab Melo Embraces D-League
Despite comments from the Boston Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers about Celtics’ rookie center Fab Melo not being ready for the NBA game, Melo is taking on a positive attitude to a new challenge.
“I think this is the best situation for me right now,” Melo said. “I am getting playing time, I’m just playing basketball, and that’s the thing I needed to be able to do. I can improve my game that way, so I’m not complaining.”
Melo has appeared in 10 games for the Maine Red Claws, averaging 23.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.5 blocks in his last two contests, and set a new D-League record with 14 blocked shots in a single game last Saturday.
The 22-year-old seven-footer is improving. He is making strides and developing skills he believes will help him contribute to the Celtics. The Celtics understood they were acquiring a work in progress when they selected Melo with the 22nd overall pick in this summer’s NBA Draft. The big man from Syracuse University had potential, but given that he did not start playing basketball in Brazil until he was 17, he has a ways to go to reach it.
“I want to put in more work,” he said. “I think I have a long way to go with my game, but I really think I can be really good in the NBA someday. I think this is a good situation for me right now and I can get a lot better with this situation.”