This year's NBA draft brought a lot of talented players in the league, but most of them are not expected to be their new team's first or second option - whether on the offence or defence.
But Cody Zeller is the one who will most likely have a major impact right away.
Zeller spent two years playing for the historic Indiana Hoosiers as a starter at the centre spot. He averaged 16.1 points-per-game and also added 7.3 rebounds-per-game while having a great shooting percentage of 59 per cent.
Listed at 7'0' (213 cm), Zeller was playing centre while in college, but is expected to be a starting power forward this upcoming season for the Charlotte Bobcats, who picked him fourth overall in this year's NBA Draft.
The Bobcats also signed veteran centre Al Jefferson, in order to allow Zeller to play power forward, where he will be able to show all of his offensive repertoire, especially his improved perimeter shot and ability to run up and down the floor with smaller players.
Zeller is known for his solid shooting, which will open up the space for Jefferson to play one-on-one with opponents in the paint.
Cody's offensive game shouldn't be questioned, he might be already up there with the NBA's best power forwards regarding his offensive game. But what is a concern for the Bobcats and head coach Steve Clifford is his defence. Zeller lacks of strength and toughness defensively, and despite always being the tallest player on the floor in college, he only averaged only 1.2 blocks per game.
But Zeller is, like all the rookies coming into the NBA, a work in progress. With hard work, he can get stronger and improve defensively, while upgrading his offensive game.
He just turned 21, and he already has an NBA power forward weight of about 240 lbs (110 kg), so he might just need to be moved in the right direction and he will become a great player on both ends of the floor.
The Bobcats are not expected to make a Play-offs this year, but Zeller can really use this season to improve his weaknesses, and be one of the leaders on the floor in his first year, which is a great accomplishment.
And after Cody fully matures, he will already be one of the most experienced players at his age, and that will be a great help for any team he will play for in the future.
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