Just be thrilled that he's very productive in limited minutes, not all rooks are capable of that.
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Not fussed about the limited minutes yet. I'm sure Zeller is enjoying the experience without having all this pressure behind him.
Plus, none of us really expected Biz to be playing this well, or for Big Al to go down straight away with an injury.
I think it'll be fine for Zeller to continue to hone his craft, eventually stepping into that starting role (which McBob currently has)
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While it'd be nice to see the #4 pick play a bit more, it's not like he's being relegated to the bench for worse players. There's just too many bigs, because Adrien is playing really well, Biz has been much better than in the past, and as has been noted already, McBob is the pseudo-PG.
Cody's minutes have been 16, 19, 10, 18 and 18. That's plenty. He's made a FG and had a rebound in each game, which is more than Anthony Bennett can say. Give him at least a month to adjust to the pace of the NBA game, which seems to be his biggest problem at this point. It's not like he played against a lot of high caliber bigs at Indiana, and bigs always have a harder adjustment period.
been totally fine with the team taking their time with him. kemba said he appreciated having the year behind dj. cody might be the same way. no need to wear him out, it's a long season and people will get injured. as long as he's getting some playing time.
i like that clifford has let him play through his mistakes. foul 3 times in a quarter? stay out there. that's good to see.
very happy with the zeller pick. just need to work on his strength so he can bang on defense and keep perfecting that shot so teams have to respect him out there on offense.
I think it's a good idea to limit his minutes and it will pay off the last couple months of the season.
Zeller will get more minutes as Clifford sees fit. With our veteran options at PF, it makes more sense to give them minutes and bring along Zeller slowly. He is the future four of this team, we just need to bring him along at his pace. Zeller's big thing right now is that he needs to get bigger and stronger. He is a great athlete so the potential is definitely there. We have a great young core of homegrown players in Kemba, MKG, Zeller, and Biz. Now we just need a consistent scoring wing that can rack up the points.
Now, Anthony Bennett on the other hand...
It took him until his 5th game to even hit his very first shot. And since it was a three pointer, he actually has not hit a 2 point shot yet this year. As a #1 pick.
Anthony Bennett, the #1 pick in the NBA draft, averages 1.0 points per game, on 5% shooting. Yes, read that again - 0.5% shooting. More than half of his FG attempts are 3 pointers, (despite being a burly power forward, who should get his ass inside so he can finally score some buckets), which he's nailing at a 9% clip. Hendo scoffs at Bennett.
I think Cho still takes Zeller at 4, even if Bennett was there. And it's still too early to say he's a bust. But imagine if we had picked him, what the storyline would be - "MJ did it again, adds to his collection of busts." Maybe someone should give the Cavs GM some hell for picking an unneeded PF who wants to shoot 3's exclusively.
I'm ok with the way we are bringing Cody along. He's getting good minutes and is being productive when he's out there.
As this team is constructed with a SG and a SF that don't get very many assists and a back up PG that doesn't initiate much offense for anyone else, we need McBob out there to help facilitate the offense for others.
If we had a SG or SF that was avg'ing 4 plus assists, it would be easier to see Cody and McBobs roles/minutes reversed.