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.
Well-rounded line in Tuesday's win
FNew Orleans Pelicans
November 19, 2019
Melli finished with 14 points (4-10 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, four assists and three steals in 27 minutes during Tuesday's 115-104 win over the Trail Blazers.
ANALYSIS
Melli was extremely impressive while earning six more minutes than fellow rookie center Jaxson Hayes, who drew the start in place of Derrick Favors (back spasms). Melli amassed career highs in rebounding and assists while matching his best steal total, and he has also earned at least 27 minutes in three straight games. If Favors remains sidelined for Thursday's matchup versus the Suns, Melli could be in line to see lots of minutes once again.
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Drills five treys
FNew Orleans Pelicans
November 18, 2019
Melli put up 16 points (5-8 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes Sunday in the Pelicans' 108-100 win over the Warriors.
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Resurfaces in rotation
FNew Orleans Pelicans
November 17, 2019
Melli played a season-high 28 minutes off the bench Saturday in the Pelicans' 109-94 win over the Heat, finishing with 10 points (3-9 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
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Coming off bench Saturday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
November 9, 2019
Melli will come off the bench Saturday against the Hornets, Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network reports.
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Terrible night in starting role
FNew Orleans Pelicans
November 8, 2019
Melli totaled just two points and one block in 10 minutes during Friday's 122-104 loss to the Raptors.
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Starting Friday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
November 8, 2019
Melli will start Friday's matchup against the Raptors, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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