Nicolo Melli
28-Year-Old ForwardF
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A 28-year-old out of Italy, Melli signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Pelicans over the summer. He's been playing professionally overseas since 2010-11, and he most recently appeared in 78 games (68 starts) for Fenerbahce Ulker. In EuroLeague contests, he averaged 7.3 points on 5.9 shots, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25.9 minutes. He projects as a three-point threat at the NBA level, as he's cracked at least 40 percent from distance in each of the past four seasons. It's possible he earns reserve power forward minutes behind Zion Williamson, but he'll be competing against the likes of Darius Miller, Brandon Ingram, Derrick Favors and Kenrich Williams. Either way, it seems unlikely Melli will end up with standard league relevance, and he's even a risky deep league selection Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Pelicans in July of 2019.
Drains four threes in NBA debut
FNew Orleans Pelicans
October 22, 2019
Melli collected 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-5 3Pt), five rebounds, and two assists in 20 minutes during Tuesday's 130-122 overtime loss to the Raptors.
ANALYSIS
Melli got off to a hot start in his regular season debut, sinking his first four shots from the field, all of which were threes. Starting center Derrick Favors was dealing with hamstring soreness during the preseason, but foul trouble was at least as much of a factor in Melli nearly equaling Favors' minute total (five fouls in 21 minutes). Regardless, Melli's ability to space the floor may prove crucial for a Pelicans team that's mostly lacking in that department.
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Nears double-double in win
FNew Orleans Pelicans
October 14, 2019
Melli recorded 14 points (5-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 18 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Pelicans' 123-114 preseason win over the Spurs.
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Expected to practice Saturday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
October 4, 2019
Melli (knee) is expected to be available for the Pelicans' open practice Saturday, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
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Working back from knee surgery
FNew Orleans Pelicans
Knee
July 16, 2019
Melli is still recovering from knee surgery and will not play for the Italian National Team at the FIBA World Cup, Emiliano Carchia of Sportando reports.
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Finalizing deal with Pelicans
FNew Orleans Pelicans
June 30, 2019
Melli is expected to sign a two-year, $8 million deal with the Pelicans, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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