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2013 NBA Draft Player Profile: Cody Zeller

Cody Zeller
Indiana – Sophomore (Born 1992)
Power Forward/Center
7'0" 230 lbs


The Good:

– tremendous athlete for his size
– pre-draft combine workout rank him among most mobile big men ever
– great size for a power forward (or even a center)
– great leaper
– very good & efficient scorer
– great at drawing fouls
– can get out quickly on fastbreaks
– smart, hardworking player
– should be a solid complimentary player in the NBA


The Bad:

– year older than most other sophomores
– below average wingspan
– doesn't bring much on the defensive end
– doesn't take good care of the ball (more turnovers than assists)
– no range on his jumper
– not much of a playmaker/passer
– didn't breakout in his sophomore year as hoped
– doesn't take jumpshots
– needs to improve on the boards
– needs to get physically stronger
– no real star potential


NBA Comparison: 

Poor man's LaMarcus Aldridge; Nick Collison

The Skinny:

Heading into his sophomore season at Indiana, Cody Zeller was in the mix to be one of the first players selected in his year's draft.  While that isn't the case now, he should still be a solid rotation player in the NBA, but not a star.

For more NBA draft player profiles, visit our 2013 NBA Draft Consensus Mock Draft


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