Boston Celtics rookie center Fab Melo has played sparingly this pre-season and it might become a realistic possibility that he is sent to the Developmental League at some point this season. The Celtics affiliate is the Maine Red Claws and I think it might make the most sense for Melo at this current juncture.
If he can’t get consistent minutes in the pre-season, how is he going to get them once the real games begin? He is buried on the depth chart and he is especially raw, most notably on the offensive end. It would benefit him greatly to play consistently in Maine and make sure he is working on his weaknesses. Live game action is obviously the best way for him to develop, as opposed to him riding the bench all season in Boston.
Having Kevin Garnett sit with you all season and help teach you is certainly important, but playing on a regular basis is far more important for his growth as an NBA player. In Boston, he has Garnett, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Darko Milicic, Jared Sullinger, and Jason Collins all head of him. Even if there were an injury, there would still be almost no scenario where he would see the floor.
Melo is the absolute definition of a project and the Celtics are k going to have to take their time with him. I was never a fan of the draft pick as I felt Melo was simply too much of a project for the team to take on. Obviously head coach Doc Rivers and GM Danny Ainge disagree, as they drafted him over the likes of Marquis Teague, John Jenkins, and Perry Jones. Fab Melo could get a shot some day in Boston, but it doesn’t seem like this year will be much of an option.
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