Okay guys, so it's obvious that Zeller has been a disappointment so far this season. There's no question about it. Coaches have said they're taking him along slowly, especially with their expectations of transitioning from a center to a stretch-four.
But when I mentioned Zeller shouldn't be traded unless it was for at least a protected first. I still view Zeller as an asset.
We have to remember that Zeller is, until someone else comes along to best him, the most athletic big to ever participate in the NBA combine. He has insane leaping skills, lane agility, and speed.
I think a lot of people (myself included) expected Zeller to come in as the starter and immediately contribute 14 points, and 7 or 8 rebounds every night. Hs summer league did nothing to lower those expectations, as he obviously excelled.
The past few games, I would argue that Zeller is starting to figure things out. He's starting to show the ball and pump fake more than he was earlier in this season. He's hitting more of those jumpers. He's attacking the rim aggressively, even if it doesn't always result in a made field goal. He's getting to the line and knocking them down. He's doing a good job on the boards, and he's starting to show is athleticism on defense.
Zeller IS improving, and I am absolutely over the moon that Cho and Rod decided not to trade him at the deadline, because I think he still has a long way to go, and he's capable of getting there. I'm excited to see him continue to play this season, and I REALLY can't wait to see what he does after this offseason, when he has a chance to really focus on the things that he needs to become a good player in this league.
Toss me into the pro-Zeller corner. I'm nowhere near prepared to call him a bust yet.