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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Minnesota Takes Fab Melo In Latest SB Nation Mock

There are plenty of options available for the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 18th overall selection in Thursday's NBA Draft and plenty of ways that they can go with the pick. One of the more popular ways has been Syracuse big man Fab Melo, and SB Nation's latest 2012 NBA Mock Draft, featuring the network's blogs making the picks instead of Tom Ziller, saw Canis Hoopus snag Melo with the pick.

Syracuse players. They are apparently addictive in some circles. One might think that with a roster that contains zero real shooting guards and no productive small forwards would lead the person in charge of said roster to, you know, get a wing player. That would be wrong. David Kahn has repeatedly said that his team needs to add another big, preferably someone who can run the floor, rebound, and play some defense. Maybe the 2013 Orangeman class will have a good wing player that Wolves fans can get excited for.

Minnesota would seem to have some sort of affinity to Syracuse players if this pick actually comes through on draft night. The Wolves also drafted Wesley Johnson from the Orange back in 2010 with the fourth overall pick. Gotta wait on that 2013 class for that wing player, I guess.

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