The Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies are two teams heading in the complete opposite direction. The Celtics, on one hand, dealt the face of the franchise Paul Pierce along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets this offseason. All that’s really left of any star players is point guard Rajon Rondo.
The Grizzlies on the other hand, are coming off of a season in which they made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals, losing ultimately to the San Antonio Spurs. This offseason they were able to add to their wing rotation by drafting Jamaal Franklin and signing free agent Mike Miller.
Memphis also bolstered their front court by adding former Denver Nuggets starting center Kosta Koufos, who figures to see plenty of playing time in a rotation featuring All Stars Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
Earlier this week, the Celtics traded second year center Fab Melo to the Grizzlies for the contract of Donte Green. Melo, the former Syracuse standout, played in only six games last year while going back and forth between the D-League and the Celtics.
Heading into Memphis now, he will likely be used as just another reserve, unfortunately for him. With big men like Gasol, Randolph, Koufos, Ed Davis, and Jon Leuer I don’t see Melo getting much run. For a guy that decided against staying his final two years in college, you would think he knew what he was doing — yeah, that wasn’t the case.
Melo is no where near ready for the NBA and may never be even a legitimate rotation guy. There’s potential to be seen, but he just hasn’t shown enough quite yet. On a roster like the Grizzlies and the direction they are headed, it will be tough for him to get any playing time especially because of the type of chemistry Memphis has built down low already. Enjoy the bench, Mr. Melo.