I remember when Julius Hodge was NBA-ready
Fun stats from that game:
Bismack Biyombo: 12 points, 11 rebounds, 10 blocks
Anthony Davis: 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks (only 2 blocks, pathetic)
Michael Gilchrist: 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 blocks.
Oh, and Cody Zeller kind of sucks.
Lol I'm saying just tell me the pick you think he would be drafted.
I'm done talking about Biz thought its getting boring now.
Zeller is not having the year many thought he would. He isn't rebounding or playing in general with enough tenacity. He's clearly not a top 5 player at the moment.
Let's look specifically at Biz, as he's been getting some stick in this thread ... he's both someone to cheer for and get frustrated by. You cheer for the guy because he plays so hard. He puts in 100% effort, 100% of the time. That's infectious and when you have MKG & Kemba (plus Taylor for that matter) doing likewise then it sets a tone for the entire team.
IF he can improve his finishing at the rim (simple practise repetition), his catching (which he has, just needs to continue doing so) and his passing (which will happen when the game slows down for him) then he really will be a good Big. Add in a post-up game, which he has shown one or two flashes of this season, then we're looking at a quality double-double Big.
Now I'm not his biggest fan, as I find it hard to justify the spending of such a high pick on a Big who struggles to catch, pass, shoot or post-up but I will not vilify a player who tries as hard as he does. He is still very young and if he can add some of the above elements to his game then we will have a productive, high motor, high character, high level defensive Big on our roster ... something every franchise wants.
I was never that big on Zeller. I just thought he was a solid big man that would likely dominate the college level and become a good role playing frontcourt player for whatever team drafted him late in the lottery. I knew his draft stock would fall as the college season went along. However, I wouldn't mind trying to trade up for him with a mild package if we get the Portland pick this year.
As far as Biyombo, I'm one of his biggest optimist. I was happy when the Bobcats drafted him and thought it was a great pick but now I'm becoming skeptical of what his ceiling really can become since he can't even make point blank layups in the paint. His trajectory is starting to remind me somewhat of that of Andris Biedrens.