On December 22nd, in front of 2,423 spectators, Fab Melo turned in one of the best performances the NBA D-league has ever seen. Melo recorded a triple-double in points, rebounds, and blocks, and established the NBA D-League record for blocks in a single game (14). The Maine Red Claws fell short of victory that evening in Portland, Maine, but the 22-year-old Brazilian born 7-footer, showcased the skills that led him to becoming a first round selection in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Melo's first year in the NBA has been filled with D-League assignments, a well-documented concussion, and rookie designated chores from Boston's veteran players. Melo has had the true fortune in developing his game with Boston this season, by mixing in serious playing time as a member of their D-League affiliate, while also receiving invaluable practice experience alongside some of the NBA's all-time greatest players.

RidiculousUpside.com recently caught up with Melo, as he's back in Maine with the Red Claws on assignment, and grooming his game for the next opportunity in Boston. Melo issued praise to the incredibly loyal fanbase of the Celtics, as he's ventured between both Maine and Boston in his first year as a pro. "The Boston fans have been great, I have received a lot of support and they always want to see me play, and play well for them. It really motivates me." Melo said.