I've settled that Im fine with Zeller or Bennett.
Interesting article on who teams should draft: http://www.canishoopus.com/2013/6/17...ery-teams-pick
For us they picked Cody Zeller. One point in particular got me thinking.
"At the end of the college season, Cody Zeller was ranked 3rd in Draft Express' mock draft. He has since dropped to 9th. This pattern is consistent with what I have seen on other sites as well and is simply bizarre. How does a guy put up the best combine measurements of any big since Shaq, go town to town hitting shots from everywhere on the court in workouts... and see his stock plummet?"
To summarise Zeller has: 1) measured out physically better than expected (think his wingspan was previously listed on DX as 6',9" and it's turned out to be 6',10.75'); 2) smashed the athletic testing, displaying elite athleticism for a Big & 3) shown genuine range and consistency on his shot in every workout he's been to.
While the "best combine measurements of any big since Shaq" is pushing it, it's certainly puzzling when when a player's ranking drops after the season's over, despite him showing up better than expected in all facets of pre-draft measuring/testing possible.
For the record I don't see him being a star, I think a good starter is his ceiling , but alongside his teammate Oladipo he's possibly the safest, cleanest & most Cho-like pick ... though crucially at a position (PF) of need.
Last edited by kitch0202; 06-22-2013 at 09:55 AM.
One of Zeller's strengths that is overlooked/blown off is his ability to get to the line. He got to the line a ridiculous 7.2 times a game in 29.5 minutes (9.8 per 40 minutes). He fits our needs perfectly for a PF:
- High BBall IQ
- Plays smart defense
- Can post up
- Can spread the floor with his mid-range shot
- Can handle the ball and create for himself
- Finishes at a high clip
Not to mention that he fits Cho's type of player (high character, strong work ethic, high potential), has little to no injury history, and has performed very well both years in college. Considering the red flags surrounding everyone else, everyone blows off Zeller because his arms are "kinda short"? Literally every weakness that Zeller was reported to have has been blown away between the Combine and workouts. He has shown to have a killer shot (and look at his form, it's perfect), measured out better than expected, and blew away the athletic testing. Zeller fits perfectly between MKG and Biyombo, IMO.
The problem with Zeller is that he's average rebounder at college even imporving from last year
I think this is what scares all GM
Noel 11.9 (pace adj = 11.6)
Len 11.9 (pace adj = 11.5)
Bennett 11.7 (pace adj = 11.1)
Zeller 10.9 (pace adj = 10.7)
I like him as a high-post, stretch 4, pick and roll/pop PF. He needs to add strength undoubtedly, but I think he's in the conversation for BPA and will work well with Kemba, MKG & Biz.
Last edited by kitch0202; 06-22-2013 at 03:56 PM. Reason: corrected message
Zeller is .5 off the pace of Bennett and about 1% point off of Len and Noel..... is this considered a big gap? If not, then all Zeller has to do is add weight (just like Len and Noel) and develop an inside post presence (like Bennett). I still don't want Zeller at 4, but he's not really looking like that much of a drop off after the guys we are considering, if we go big man.
Looking simply at the eye test, Zeller has the athleticism and "desire" to hit the boards but may struggle due to his shorter arms, lighter weight and apparent desire to play further away from the rim. I expect a peak production from him to be around 8 or so rebounds a game while I think Bennett, Noel, and Len (less so) to be double digit rebounding threats.*
*among guys we may reasonably expect to draft at our spot.