When the Lamar Odom trade was announced soon after the Chris Paul mega deal, a note was made that the 2012 first round pick of the Mavericks would be sent to the Los Angeles Lakers as compensation. Even with the pick being protected if it landed in the top 20 of the draft, almost every critic dismissed the possibility of the defending champions not having one of the premier records in their conference, if not the league. A few months later, and now looking hapless after being swept by the Thunder, the Dallas Mavericks will defer the first round pick to next year. However, Donnie Nelson has to prepare the war room for the future Maverick (or $3 million for the pick), and throw Fab Melo to be that future Maverick; he's a possible diamond in the rough that the Mavs can't refuse.
Fab Melo Highlight Mix (via swishscout)
However, we also must count his errors. Although Fab is a defensive-first player, his scoring can improve. His assists are almost non existent, with less than 1 APG seen from him, This is in contrast to 2.5 APG being the league average for big men in Division I basketball. Scouts have noticed that his fundamentals, such as not shooting the ball quickly or indifference in passing, needs to improve, and there is no better school for fundamentals than in the NBA. The scouts have also noticed that Fab Melo is light for a center in the NBA, checking in at 255 pounds. Fab would need to bulk up by at least 20 pounds, akin to another Mav: Brandan Wright. Melo will have a lot of time to improve though, since he isn't a dire need. (We need Deron now!)
All in all, Fab Melo can be seen as a reach. Most drafts have him about the 23 or 24th slot of the 2012 NBA Draft. I see a big future for Fab Melo in the NBA, and it is up to our real GM to make such a choice. Am I wacky for thinking his? Totally agree? Put on your GM cap and post below.