But earning an opportunity is something that is always happening, even when a team gives you a place in the NBA.
Working to earn a spot on this season's Boston Celtics' roster as opposed to being sent to the NBA's development league (NBDL) s where Melo is currently at.
Over four games, Melo has made eight of his 15 attempts from the field, giving him better than 50% efficiency.
At the charity stripe, he has gone 4-for-7 as a seven-footer, making more than half of his attempts there, which is typically unheard of in the professional game in America.
Known primarily for his defensive play, Melo has gotten more rebounds on the defensive end than on the offensive side and has blocked shots. However, he needs to elevate these areas. Melo has nine defensive rebounds and five blocks over four games, meaning he is gathering about two defensive rebounds and one block a game.
Celtics' Summer League coach Jay Larranaga specified that Melo must work on his rebounding.
In Melo's favor moving forward is that he has protected the ball, with no turnovers so far in Summer League, but he is still too quiet and both ends of the floor.
This is a great opportunity to gain a substantial role on the Celtics' squad with rebuilding being their current theme and a new coach in Brad Stevens that should not have any preconceived notions.
It is Melo's time to stand out, but no one is going to do it for him.