2013 NBA Draft Prospect: Cody Zeller

By Jeremy Hayes
Cody Zeller
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Centers are a dying breed in the NBA, but Indiana‘s Cody Zeller is hoping to help revive the center position in a pretty deep big man class.

Zeller is one of many players coming out in the 2013 draft that is a potential lottery pick and also stands in at 6-foot-11 (and some have him at 7’0). He was on the star-studded Indiana team that was one of the best the whole college basketball season.

Zeller managed to average 16.5 points per game in the 2012/2013 season with a field goal percentage that was about 57%. More impressively, he has a free throw percentage of about 75%, which is pretty impressive for a center.

Projected selection: between picks seven through 11.

There are plenty of teams looking for a good center, and as said early on, this draft has a lot of lottery depth at the center position with the following players all expected to be lottery picks: Nerlens Noel, Rudy Gobert, Alex Len, and Gorgui Dieng.

Zeller’s stock may drop only because of these other high prospects, and because certain teams are not in need of a center or even in the market for one.

Draft Prediction: Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks hold the 13th pick in the draft, which shows that his projected spot and the predicted spot are different. Meaning, teams are going to pass Zeller up for other centers in the draft, causing Zeller to slip.

Chris Kaman and Brandon Wright will be free agents, so this is a “fill-in” pick for the Mavericks.

Overall Prospect Grade: B


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