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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Atlanta Hawks Select Fab Melo

It wouldn't hurt the Atlanta Hawks to add some depth to their front court, which is why the College Hoops Journal's mock draft selection of Melo to the Hawks makes all the sense in the world. He's not a player who demands the ball offensively, or needs to take a lot of shots, outside of put-backs on offensive rebounds and loose balls.

That's a good thing for the Hawks, since they don't lack for guys who like to put it up. And on the defensive end, Melo could make an impact on the team immediately if everything played out this way.

23. Atlanta Hawks: Fab Melo, Syracuse
Atlanta needs youthful depth in the frontcourt behind Al Horford and Josh Smith. Melo is far from polished, but his defense would be an instant asset for the Hawks.

Melo was a key player for Syracuse this past season, and some might even say his academic eligibility issues are what held the Orange back from making a deeper run in the NCAA Tournament.

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