Based on what the Bobcats coaches saw in a recent workout with Zeller, they might be right.
The biggest knock on Zeller is his lack of aggressiveness. But Zeller entered the NBA draft early because if he’s not an aggressive person physically, he sure is mentally. Eventually, that mental toughness is going to come into his physical nature and he might be more of a bull inside than one might think.
When it comes to big men, Alex Len vs. Zeller, the draft experts are giving Len an edge. But if Len goes top three, which some mock draft experts are hinting might be possible, then the Bobcats, who realize they need a big guy, will look seriously at Zeller and might call his name.
Then Patrick Ewing would have some homework to do as Bobcat assistant coach. Len and Zeller both have talent but Zeller might lack the physical strengths that Len seems to possess.
Zeller, with patience and maturity could be a solid performer in the NBA.
Zeller’s sophomore season with Indiana was so impressive that he has given NBA draft experts reason to take another look at his NBA potential. In 29.5 minutes of action per games, he averaged 16.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks while shooting an impressive 56.2 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free-throw line.
His shooting percentages are especially what has teams like the Bobcats encouraged about Zeller’s potential.
He just might be worth taking as early as number four.