I sure hope not. I understand guys could look lost early on and eventually become impact players, but this guy seems years away from being a decent NBA player.
I do not want to see much of him on the court this year. Maine or on the bench, that's it.
He certainly looks lost at times, but the guy has only played what...15 minutes of NBA game time?
I've seen Bass look just as lost at times to be honest...at least 2-3 times every day I see that guy make some really bonehead plays, but we tend to forgive him because he generally does play hard and maeks up for it with the occasional really nice hustle play.
So on that note, even if Melo does struggle - as long as he starts to improve and shows signs of positive impact I'd love to give him some time.
Also when it comes to judging the importance of time, look no further than Jeff Green. How bad was he playing at the start of the season, on both ends of the floor? In Offense he couldn't score to save his life (getting 6 points from him was a struggle) and his defense was horrendous. He spent tons of time just standing around in corners waiting for a pass and looked passive and asleep. Even today, he's not the type of player who goes out with etreme intensity and aggression like KG. He has a tendancy to play aggressive in bursts - he might score 12 points in one quarter, then only score 6 points (and look fairly passive) the rest of the game.
Now imagine if you only played him 6 minutes, when he's not in that 'aggressive' mode. You would truly belive he's one of the worst players in the game at his position.
Liekwise what if you only played Bass 6 minutes and he recorded a couple of his bonehead plays in that time - you'd think he's utterly uselsss and barely D league material.
Moral of the story is give the guy a chance. You come out for 3 minutes on a stage you've never really played on. You're nervous, your heart rate is up, you're overthinking things so you don't make an error. It's really hard to play well in that state of mind - you throw up wild airballs (too anxious or too much power), you fumble the ball on passes, you miss defensive rotations...this is all expected. Even Sully struggled a LOT when he first started.
Only once he's playing 10-15 minutes a night (for a couple of months) can you really get a feel for what he's capable of.