When the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Tyler Zeller they expected big things, but instead all they’ve gotten is a 7-foot disappointment. The Cavaliers have loaded their roster with reinforcements, and it’s proving a lot harder for Tyler to get on the court let alone improve his game. He will get the occasional minutes, but he has to majorly impress if he is to get on the court ahead of Andrew Bynum. Now at 23 years old, Zeller hasn’t progressed quite as his coaches had hoped. Is he worth fighting for or is he a lost cause?
So far this season he has averaged 1.2 ppg and 1.0 rpg, which is not likely to help his quest to become an NBA starter. Last season he struggled a lot, making many critical errors, although he did improve given time. But it seems he’d be a better fit in a struggling team where he could play many games, not one still seeking the success achieved under LeBron James.
There’s nothing like a little bit of brotherly rivalry to cause more controversy. Tyler’s little brother, Cody Zeller, had an impressive time in college for Indiana, leading to many suggesting he was already a better player than Tyler. Although there’s a lot of time ahead in their young careers it appears Cody may have better luck in the NBA, and he is already averaging 5.6 ppg and 3.6 rpg. Not bad considering he has a lot of time to improve on his abilities while Tyler’s time may be running out — in Cleveland at least.
The Cavaliers aren’t the sort of franchise to give up on a player so easily, but after this season they may look to move on to bigger and better things. If they can gain the right player or draft pick then Tyler may be surplus to requirements.