With the 26th pick of the Fansided.com 2012 Mock Draft, the Indiana Pacers select Fab Melo from Syracuse.
Player name: Fab Melo
Weight: 255 lbs
Short summary of the player and his stats from college
8 points a game
6 rebounds a game
3 blocks a game
Anchors two-three zones
Runs the floor well in transition
Provides low-post scoring
Why the decision was made to select this player
I liked the idea of a backup center to Roy Hibbert as long as the Pacers resign Hibbert. This is a guy who’s young, but definitely has the talent to play. I love the idea that he’s a shot blocker, and hope that can carry over to the NBA game.
How he will fit in with the team
I think he would fit in fine as the backup center. This is a younger team as well, so that should help him fit in. But there’s also guys who have a few more years of experience. I would think Hibbert is going to be a great asset for Melo. He can show him how to work on the block and how to control that paint area. I wouldn’t mind seeing them play a bit together at times.
Best case and worst case scenarios for this player
Best case: Fab Melo comes in year one, and provides reliable back up ability to the center/power forward positions. Getting around his average in college would be great for that back up role.
Worst case: Getting injured in his first season and not getting the playing time he needs.