Fab Melo-Defense





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Published on Apr 16, 2012

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Defense: As is, Fab is a good post defender who uses his physical gifts well, but has room for improvement. When his man gets the ball on the block, he shies away from initial contact and leaves his man with space at about arms reach. This concedes the face up or a quick jumper from just outside the paint, and bigs had no trouble capitalizing on the space he left them if they had decent midrange touch. Needs to close the space between his man and apply his body to minimize their opportunity to shoot, going straight up to allow that size and length to do the work. Not tremendously physical on D yet playing (could have been hidden in that zone), but should be able to body up and hold his ground just fine. Is fantastic as a shot blocker and became an intimidator in the paint, using his size, length, and anticipation to time rejections. Goaltended some as a consequence of mistiming. Those he couldn't turn away he changed with his presence and was a big piece to that Syracuse zone scheme. A big reason for his effectiveness was the built in awareness that comes with playing in that legendary zone as far as rotations and help defense go, and he was routinely on the ball. Shouldn't have a tough learning curve with learning a team defense in the NBA and probably has a leg up over most bigs in the draft class in that respect. Rarely leaves the paint as his size counts for little out on the perimeter. Doesn't move great laterally and good shooting bigs will take advantage by his hesitancy to vacate that space, although he puts up a nice challenge to their shots with his length. Didn't get to see much pick and roll defense from him in the zone, but likely will drop into the paint since his slow recovery from a show over the top of a screen would give his man an open and easy lane to capitalize on to the basket. Got into bouts with foul trouble, but largely did a good job of staying out of foul trouble in that zone, but man to man is a different beast and could see him having problems early trying to adjust. Shows the willingness to stand in and take the charge. Has the tools to be both a great post defender and shot blocker.

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