View Full Version : Tyler Zeller
05-29-2012, 07:48 AM
I've been pondering this for awhile and wanted to make a thread about it, but after reading the blurb on RGM this morning about him, it finally gave me that final motivation I needed to do so...
Anyway, what do you guys think about him?
I personally think he has all-star potential... I said POTENTIAL before you all flame me. I also think he has the highest floor of probably any big man outside of Davis AND he still has a high ceiling.
I don't know where he's projected, but if we don't get the #1 and trade back or something of the like, I would love for him to be our pick. In my dreams, I would like us to get Davis #1 and then get back into the 1st and take Zeller. If we had a frontline of Zeller and Davis we would have the most athletic frontcourt in the NBA and I believe that's good for at least 20 more wins next season alone.
What I'm saying is, I believe Zeller is going to be a great player in the league, he will prove to be one of the best players from this draft, and I would love for us to somehow end up with him. Thoughts? Comments? Agree? Disagree?
05-29-2012, 08:07 AM
I think Zeller will be good, but I don't think he will be in our range. I don't see us trying to trade back unless we get the 4th pick and even then I dont know if it would be possible
05-29-2012, 12:56 PM
I don't see All-Star potential, but I see him as a very safe bet to be in a good 8-man rotation, maybe even as a starter.
Things to like:
Could possibly play the 4 and the 5.
Great little jump hook down low.
Nice 16-foot face up shot.
Rotates nicely on D.
Can run the floor.
Good student, which might point to good character.
Brings a much different skill set than Biyombo. Complements him.
Good offensive efficiency, which we sorely need. 1.56 points per shot attempt, if memory serves.
Things to dislike:
Doesn't appear to have great length for a 7-footer. Might measure out with 8'11" reach and 7'0 wingspan, which is more like PF territory. We'll see with the combine approaching....
Didn't block a huge amount of shots for a 7-footer. This could point to length issues.
While he's added some muscle over the years, he doesn't appear to have a broad shoulder frame for a 7-foot college senior. Not a tremendous "specimen".......
I'd like him on our team, especially if he measures out with better-tan-expected length(something like 9'1" reach and 7'1" wingspan).
But if we get Zeller, we should also get someone with athleticism and high potential. Maybe a Jeremy Lamb or Damian Lillard??
I see Zeller averaging around 14 points and 8 boards during his best seasons. A good piece.
06-02-2012, 05:50 PM
I've certainly given him some thought. He's probably the most offensively skilled of any big in this draft, far more polished than Davis at this point. I think he'll have a solid career as a starting center. Reminds me a little of Gminski. He's just not going to wow you, and I'd prefer that the #2 pick have a little wow factor. I don't see all-star potential either but he's definitely solid. We could do a lot worse.
06-03-2012, 02:22 PM
Ehhhh I wouldnt cry about the bobcats taking any 7 footer who moves like Zeller does. But I hate drafting a 22 year old. And I think more polished than anthony davis is a stretch. Ad is a better shot blocker and rebounder, things that translate to the nba. You could make the argument that hes a more polished offense or better hands. But honestly I dont think Zeller is an offensive standout by any stretch and Davis towards the end of the season showed a shot better than Zeller. Zeller is who he is. 22 in college, especially a good team like unc, is the very definition of ceiling.
06-03-2012, 06:49 PM
You could make the argument that hes a more polished offense or better hands.
That's exactly the argument I was making. Davis is in a class by himself on the defensive end, but he's got a ways to go before he'll be an offensive standout at the next level. You're absolutely right that Zeller is much nearer to his ceiling though which is why he's probably a mid-lottery pick. Wouldn't be a bad target in a "trade down" scenario though.
06-08-2012, 01:59 AM
I can see zellar being one of the better back up centers in this league for the next decade.He's extremely skilled on offense and would be instant offense off the bench.I don't think he could start for a playoff team though or bang with the big boys down low on a regular basis.If we acquire an extra pick i'd be all over him as a back up for biz!
06-08-2012, 05:51 PM
Zeller measured with a HORRIBLE 8'8" standing reach today. He basically has the same length as typical Small Forwards, in a 7'0" body.
This, combined with his lack of bulk for a 22-year-old, makes me concerned that Zeller will have difficulty guarding a lot of Centers.
He'd better be mobile enough to be a full time PF.
Edit: Now that the standing reaches have been "corrected", Zeller is at an 8'8.5" reach. Not much difference, but every little bit helps....
06-08-2012, 07:58 PM
He's always projected to be a PF anyway as far as I'm concerned. Him and his brother both have pretty short arms though, so be prepared to see Cody's stock drop next year for this same reason.
Luckily, Zeller is one of the fastest end-to-end big men in the coutry, and is more than mobile enough to stick with the quicker PFs out there
06-09-2012, 04:05 PM
well if he's gonna be a mobile 4, then he'd be off my board for charlotte,cause we already have that in mullens and don't have room on the roster for another project @ that position.
06-09-2012, 09:53 PM
He's gonna be a decent NBA player. I'd MUCH RATHER have Myers Leonard.
06-10-2012, 12:47 AM
Zeller is SOFT.
And that is coming from a die hard Carolina fan....
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