2012 NBA Draft Grades: Fab Melo to Boston at No. 22

Boston Celtics | Last Season: 39-27 (Eastern Conference Finals) | Draft Picks: 21, 22, 51

Season Summary: The Boston Celtics had a 3-2 lead in the Conference Finals, but they were knocked out by one angry LeBron James. I think that was the last ditch effort by the original Big Three to make another run at a NBA title. Ray Allen was hurt and he won’t be back. Kevin Garnett found the Fountain of Youth, but he’s a free agent and could retire. Rajon Rondo is still in trade rumors but is still amazing at what he does. A lack of depth hurt, but that is something that should be addressed in the draft.

Draft Needs: Post depth. The Celtics were brutalized by not having enough depth, but the two first rounders should change that. They drafted the Ohio State standout Jared Sullinger with the 21st overall selection and followed that up with another big at 22.

Pick #22: Fab Melo | C | Syracuse

One of the biggest knocks on the 7-footer from Syracuse is the fact he’s not particularly good at rebounding. However, there’s plenty he can do. Like, block shots for instance… Melo blocked 88 shots to lead the Big East and was chosen as the conference’s defensive player of the year. Unfortunately for the Cuse and Melo, he missed the NCAA Tournament due to academics issues which made him ineligible. Melo is big, and that you just can’t coach. He’s a work in progress, but certainly has plenty of potential in make an impact in Boston.

Grade: B –

2012-2013 Outlook: The Celtics might be a radically different team by the time training camp roles around. They will still be dangerous in the East, but I think teams are finally able to figure them out. They get ate alive by the Chicago Bulls and the Heat seem to have broken that last hurdle. If KG comes back, they could be a dark horse, but we shall see.

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