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New Orleans Pelicans | #20 | Forward

Nicolo

Melli

PPG

1.8

RPG

1.9

APG

0.8

PIE

4.7

6'9" | 236lb | 30 years

Player Bio

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

In nine seasons overseas in Italy, Germany, and Turkey, has appeared in 207 EuroLeague games, averaging 7.4 points while shooting .466 from the field and .387 from three-point range, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

BEFORE NBA

Played with the Italian U-16 team at the 2007 FIBA U-16 European Championships, averaging 13.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, leading his team in all three categories. Averaged 9.5 points and 6.4 rebounds with Italy at the U-18 European Championships in 2008…At the 2011 European U-20 Championship, Melli averaged 10.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game, helping Italy claim a silver medal in the tournament…Called up to the Italian Senior National Team for Eurobasket 2013…Also suited up for Italy in EuroBasket 2015.

PERSONAL LIFE

Melli is the son of the former volleyball player Julie Vollertsen - a silver medalist with the United States at the 1984 Olympic Games - and corporate lawyer (formerly amateur basketball player for Pallacanestro Reggiana and television journalist) Leopoldo Melli. They met when Vollertsen moved from the U.S. to Reggio Emilia to play professionally…Enrico, Melli's younger brother who was born in 1995, has also played basketball for Reggiana…Melli is a dual citizen of Italy and the United States.