The good news: Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics had 2 first-round draft picks, and were able to select two promising young big men in Jared Sullinger from Ohio State and Fab Melo from Syracuse. Sullinger should prove to be a steal, and should help the Celtics immediately. Melo is more of a question mark – there are more holes in his game, more questions in what he brings to the table.
The bad news: Since Melo is a first round selection, the Celtics will be required to sign him to a two-year guaranteed contract. If Melo were drafted in the second round, the two-year commitment wouldn’t apply.
So now the question becomes, is Ainge committed to Fab Melo? Will he sign him to that two-year deal? Sullinger is a no-brainer, and to a large extent, signing Melo is a no-brainer as well. Ainge wouldn’t have drafted him if he didn’t plan on keeping him in the fold. I just hope Ainge is right about Melo. Moultrie was still available when the Celtics went on the clock, but Moultrie would have been more about an investment in the future. Melo is more NBA-ready, which should help send a signal to Kevin Garnett that we want him back for another legit title run.