Charlotte Bobcats power forward Cody Zeller, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, has an uphill battle. There is no question there will be a lot of pressure on the rookie who is expected to start immediately. However, it is more of the fact that not many people believe he is capable of handling himself at the professional level. Hearing that talk is something Zeller wants because it gives him a chance to prove the doubters wrong.
Even though Zeller is the projected starter at power forward for a team that has struggled mightily for years, it is not as if he will have to do everything on his own. The Bobcats signed talented center Al Jefferson in the offseason, which will give Zeller someone to work with who understands how basketball at the NBA level is meant to be played.
Since Jefferson will command the ball in the middle more often than not, that means Zeller will have to work on other parts of his game. That means he could develop into a different type of player on both ends of the court, which should make him a better player down the road.
Developing an outside shot on offense is something that can be accomplished this season. In fact, if there is anything he works on it should be that. The reason for this is because a power forward that can hit an outside shot consistently will draw the defense out, which will give Jefferson plenty of room to do what he does best. Not to mention, Zeller is quicker than the average big man is. An outside shot will give him more room to burn past defenders on his way to the basket.
Do not expect Zeller to be contending for Rookie of the Year. With that being said, I believe fans in Charlotte will be impressed with what they see from the youngster in the upcoming season.