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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Syracuse's Fab Melo Projected To Boston Celtics

In the most recent SI 2012 NBA Mock Draft, Sam Amick has Syracuse center Fabricio Melo slotted to go to the Boston Celtics at the No. 21 pick of the first round.

Here's what Amick says about the selection of Melo (7-0, 255):

"At different points in the Celtics' inspired season, they publicly lamented the losses of reserve big men Jermaine O'Neal and Chris Wilcox to injury while also reportedly exploring the possibility of re-signing retired big man Rasheed Wallace. More depth down low, in other words, would be welcome. O'Neal, Wilcox and reserve center Ryan Hollins will be unrestricted free agents (not to mention Kevin Garnett), and reserve center Greg Stiemsma will be a restricted free agent. Melo is an enormous defensive presence who could find a significant reserve role." (via SI)

Melo could go higher in the draft as the Milwaukee Bucks with the No. 12 pick are reportedly considering the big Brazilian.

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