Fab Melo

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Fab Melo
Fab Melo (cropped).jpg
Fab Melo playing in a college game
No. 13 – Brasília
Position Center
League NBB
Personal information
Born (1990-06-20) June 20, 1990 (age 26)
Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school Sagemont (Weston, Florida)
College Syracuse (2010–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2013 Boston Celtics
2012–2013 Maine Red Claws
2014 Texas Legends
2014–2015 Paulistano
2015 Caciques de Humacao
2015–2016 Liga Sorocabana
2016–present Brasília
Career highlights and awards

Fabricio "Fab" Paulino de Melo (born June 20, 1990) is a Brazilian professional basketball player who currently plays for Brasília of the Brazilian Novo Basquete Brasil league.

College career[edit]

Fab Melo played two seasons at Syracuse University. He was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in his sophomore season. He was announced ineligible for the 2012 NCAA Tournament after seeding because of academic reasons. He claimed that he was failing because he couldn't understand English.[1] He moved to the United States from Brazil in his junior year of high school, and graduated from Sagemont School in Weston, Florida in 2010.[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

Melo decided to forgo his final two years at Syracuse and declared himself eligible for 2012 NBA draft.[4] Melo was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 22nd pick. On July 3, 2012, Melo signed a contract with the Celtics.[5]

On July 5, 2012 the Boston Celtics announced that Melo was added to their roster for the 2012 Orlando Pro Summer League and the 2012 NBA Summer League.[6]

On November 14, 2012, Melo was assigned to the Maine Red Claws, Boston's team in the NBA D-League.[7] On December 10, 2012, Melo was recalled from the D-League back to the Boston Celtics.[8] Then on December 12, he was reassigned.[9]

On December 22, 2012, Melo registered a triple double against the Erie BayHawks. He finished the game with 15 points and 16 rebounds to go along with an NBA D-League record of 14 blocks.[10] He was recalled by the Celtics on January 29, 2013.[11] Melo made his NBA debut on February 1, 2013, recording one steal.[12] On February 6, 2013, Melo made his first NBA field goal in a 116–95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.[13]

He was again assigned to the Red Claws on February 8, 2013[14] and recalled on February 10, 2013.[15] He was sent back for another assignment on March 1, 2013,[16] playing the first round of the D-League playoffs against eventual champions Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Celtics recalled him on April 15, 2013,[17] and Melo participated in the regular season closer against the Toronto Raptors. It was only Melo's sixth game in the NBA.[18]

Following the 2012-13 season, Melo was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Donté Greene on August 15, 2013,[19] but was later waived on August 30.[20] The Dallas Mavericks signed him on September 10,[21] but again was ultimately waived on 22 October.[22] On January 22, 2014 he was acquired by the Maine Red Claws, later that day he was traded to the Texas Legends.[23]

For the 2014–15 season, Melo signed with the Brazilian team Club Athletico Paulistano of the NBB.[24] On April 7, 2015, he signed with Caciques de Humacao from Puerto Rico.[25]

In November 2015, Melo signed with the Liga Sorocabana for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.[26]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2012–13 Boston 6 0 6.0 .500 .000 .250 0.5 0.0 12 22 15
Career 6 0 6.0 .500 .000 .250 0.5 10 13 15 32


  1. ^ James O'Hare. "20 Dumbest Professional Athletes of All Time". RantSports. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Sagemont big man Fab Melo took the recruiting world by storm last year with his unique moniker and one-of-a-kind game, writes Ryan Canner-O'Mealy.". ESPN RISE Magazine. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fab Melo - MaxPreps". MaxPreps. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Fab Melo leaving Syracuse for NBA". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Celtics Sign 2012 NBA Draft Picks". National Basketball Association. July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sean Williams on C's summer league roster". WEEI-FM. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "NBA Development League: Celtics Assign First-Round Pick Fab Melo, Second-Round Pick Kris Joseph to Maine Red Claws". National Basketball Association. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Melo recalled from Red Claws". ESPN.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "NBA Development League: Celtics Re-Assign Fab Melo to NBA D-League Affiliate Maine Red Claws". nba.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "NBA Development League: BayHawks at Red Claws Game Info - December 22, 2012". nba.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Boston Celtics recall Fab Melo from D-League yet again". insidehoops.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Magic at Celtics". NBA.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Lakers at Celtics". NBA.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Celtics once again assign Fab Melo to D-League". insidehoops.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Green Street  » Celtics recall Fab Melo in time for Nuggets". Green Street. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "NBA Development League: Boston Celtics Re-Assign Fab Melo to NBA D-League Affiliate Maine Red Claws". NBA.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Celtics Recall Melo from Maine Red Claws". nba.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  18. ^ Celtics trade Fab Melo and cash to Memphis for Donte Greene, The Boston Globe
  19. ^ "Grizzlies acquire Fab Melo". NBA.com. August 15, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Grizzlies waive recently acquired Melo". NBA.com. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "MAVERICKS ADD THREE PLAYERS; ROSTER EXPANDS TO 18". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 10, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Mavericks waive Renaldo Balkman, Devin Ebanks, D.J. Kennedy, Fab Melo". insidehoops.com. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "NBA Development League: Fab Melo, Daniel Orton Moved in Four-Team Trade". NBA.com. Archived from the original on 26 October 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  24. ^ "Fab Melo signs with Paulistano". Sportando.com. 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  25. ^ "Fab Melo signs with Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rico". Sportando. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  26. ^ "Liga Sorocabana contrata Fab Melo, ex-Boston Celtics e Dallas Mavericks". Globoesporte.com. 2015-11-28. Retrieved 2016-02-21. 

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