ORLANDO- When I watch these Boston Celtics summer league games, I don’t view the game holistically; instead, I zoom my focus in on individual players, judging their actions and skills in an effort to predict what impact they could have in the regular season.
With Kelly Olynyk, it’s easy to see where he’ll fit in at the next level. The only other summer league player under contract with the Celtics–Fab Melo–is a much different story.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge drafted Melo with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft–one pick after he selected Jared Sullinger. Sullinger was the NBA-ready sure-thing (medical red flags withstanding), while Melo was a developmental project.
Only a year into Melo’s noteless career, it’s hard to imagine him ever becoming a valuable NBA player and he appears to be a wasted draft pick–especially when compared with this year’s second-round pick, Colton Iverson. Read more »