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June 27, 2013

Video: Cody Zeller excited to play for young Charlotte Bobcats

Cody Zeller addressed the media after being selected by the Charlotte Bobcats with the No. 4 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Zeller discussed playing with Charlotte's other young players and for Michael Jordan.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on June 27, 2013 at 10:51 PM | Permalink


Well at least he seems to want to play here.

Posted by: Ash | Jun 27, 2013 11:41:37 PM



Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 27, 2013 11:45:19 PM

I will give the Bobcats this ... they are collecting high-motor guys, MKG, Kemba, Bismack, Gerald and now Cody. These guys will work their asses off.

Posted by: Dren | Jun 27, 2013 11:53:56 PM

great pick. only guy i would have rather had is noel, but zeller is a GREAT fit for this team. he and biyombo will be a great duo.

i think this was an analytics pick, but this is one where the eye test was confirmed by the analytics. you don't draft a guy who had 2 mediocre college seasons over a guy who had 2 elite college seasons (and is healthy).

you're talking about an insane athlete who had faster sprint and agility drills than several guards in the 1st round including oladipo. insane vertical for a 7 footer too.

when the crowd hates the pick and the crowd is in charlotte.....the pick is probably a good one.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 28, 2013 1:18:56 AM

"when the crowd hates the pick and the crowd is in charlotte.....the pick is probably a good one. "

I agree with that 100%. I was disappointed when I first heard the selection. But he will be a solid NBA player for many years. very low bust potential here. Safe pick,

Posted by: Real Talk | Jun 28, 2013 1:26:14 AM

Someone will predict that he will be in the Italian league in 3 years. Which translates to...he will average close to 18 points a game and get a look from USA Basketball.

Posted by: Bobnet | Jun 28, 2013 5:55:51 AM

Regardless of whether you like the pik or not, the 4 players widely considered to be the best 4 were on the board. I think it is likely that the Bobcats could have made a trade down to about #7 or #8 and still probably grabbed this player. If they are wrong, one of the top 4 players would have been there at #8. It is not like this team had only one need. This team is bad because the front office is bad. Period. Zeller may be a solid player, but the point is this: They were in a TERRIFIC position to fill 2 needs and their inferiority complex botched it-again.

Posted by: Gerry | Jun 28, 2013 8:52:23 AM

When you want a player, you don't say
"I can trade down, and MAYBE I'll still get him there. And maybe not - then I'll settle for someone I didn't really want...". This is not what you do, especially in a draft that started with such surprising picks at 1st and 2nd overall.

Very good job by the management this time around. Not only they got a player with very good upside, they probably managed to redeem, at the same time, that highly doubtful #7 pick in 2011.

Cody Zeller and Biyombo can play together and make each other better. In a few years - yeah, they'll be still developing - this will be an impressive front court pairing.

Posted by: Sandy | Jun 28, 2013 9:15:26 AM

I agree with Sandy, I think Zeller will be just fine in the pro's.

Posted by: Jai | Jun 28, 2013 10:01:12 AM

Right on Sandy! I was very upset at first because I, like some other fans, wanted the "sexy" pick in Noel or Mclemore. But after taking some time to settle down, Zeller is really the best fit for this team.

Bennett was gone (he would've been my only other choice), Len's ankle is a red flag, and of course Noel's knee. They did not have a need for Mclemore whom I think will be a bust and Henderson is better then him anyway.

Very glad to hear Kemba is excited about Zeller. He has a nice pick and roll guy to work with that can score inside, outside, has nice hands, athletic, young, and a great upside.

Welcome to Charlotte Cody!

Posted by: D.W.G. | Jun 28, 2013 10:06:50 AM

I am just hoping that the Bobcats finally hit a home run with an underrated player. I actually like Zeller a lot, but not sure if he was a #4 Pick. However, if you are to reach for a pick, this was the perfect draft to do so. I'm hoping this will play out like when Cleveland selected Tristan Thonpson at #4 in 2011 and he turned out a pretty solid PF.

Posted by: RobC | Jun 28, 2013 10:17:05 AM

The problem with the argument that begins "If you want a player..." I do not see Zeller as a must have considering how many needs the Cats have. Zeller is not a slam dunk by any means. So, if you have 4 players many thought would be the #1 overall pick still on the board, you could have traded down, got Zeller or one of the other top 4 players. If you think it was Zeller or bust, then you are correct--you take Zeller. I just do not think that is the case. A smart front office could have worked this and they did not.

Posted by: Gerry | Jun 28, 2013 10:25:22 AM

Great Pick! Cody Zeller has the qualities that fit into the long term plans of the franchise. He seems to have a personality that fits the environment. The franchise will turn the corner this season. Playoffs in 2015 and many consecutive years after that. Cant wait to see our young guns dominate summer league.

Posted by: nucat | Jun 28, 2013 11:07:40 AM

People sometimes forget that everyone thought: Michael Olowokandi, Joe Smith Kwame Brown and Greg Oden were the clear 1st pick. Actually, many folks thought Chicago missed when they drafted Rose over Beasley.

Early picks are more a matter of luck than anything else. Late players who become all-stars are really the work of a great scouting system. Let's just hope we get lucky this time, since we haven't been that lucky in the latest Lottery Nights.

Posted by: RobC | Jun 28, 2013 11:56:36 AM

i was among those that thought beasley to be the superior talent (he dominated college ball the way durant did) but i think beasley's failures have to do with circumstance. had okc gotten the 2nd pick, we'd be talking about a durant/beasley duo dominating the league. instead he went to miami, got dumped for lebron after a respectably solid rookie year at age 19, and goes to minny playing alongside love which wasn't a good fit for him. now he's just a lost cause mentally. still insanely talented.

circumstance plays into drafts way more than you guys want to account for. darko getting drafted to detroit instead of denver or toronto. derrick williams going to minny instead of cleveland with irving. t-rob going to sacramento during their sale of the team. guys careers get ruined by bad luck all the time.

draft was insanely fun to watch with bilas/reece/rose/simmons. thats a GREAT crew to do drafts. should be required for the next 10 years. never enjoyed a draft that much.

zeller was the right pick. guys don't dominate college ball as a freshmen, stay healthy and not do well in the pros. that doesn't happen often at all. great fit with biyombo and hendo coming back.

seth curry.....NOW.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 28, 2013 12:10:13 PM

Welcome to Charlotte, Cody Z.
I was surprised and happy with this pick by the Bobcat/Hornets. I actually wanted him as our pick, but the Observer sportswriters hardly mentioned him in pre-draft articles. Have been impressed by Cody's basketball play since seeing him as a freshman for Indiana. He's a well rounded big man and should do real well in NBA. He may not be the flashy player many fans prefer, but he has the experience and skills to make this team better.

Posted by: BillH | Jun 28, 2013 2:11:46 PM

Man the whole team they are trying to build is coming together, mike Kidd-Gilchrist, Kemba Walker, Bismack Biyombo, Ramon Sessions, Gerald Henderson, and now Cody Zeller, we gonna rock that joint. The only problem is that I wish they picked up Byron Mullen, signed a deep presence in Luke Babbitt and Tyreke Evans from free agency, cuz then we still have Jeffery Taylor and a lot of depth

Posted by: Henson | Jun 28, 2013 2:16:59 PM

I think people also fail to realize that the Bobcats now have Patrick Ewing on the bench. Who is one of the best centers to play the game and can work with Zeller. Not everybody enters the NBA physically ready. He will get NBA workouts which are more advance than college and he'll bulk up in due time. Inserting him at the 4 spot is a good idea and signing a good center in FA once they boot T. Thomas and with the draft next year the Bobcats will have some pretty nice pieces.

Posted by: DRich | Jun 28, 2013 5:08:58 PM

he's 20 years old. anybody looking at him like he's a finished product needs to look at league history.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 28, 2013 5:19:25 PM

Apparently none of you witnesses Zeller get taken to school by The Syracuse anemic front court in the Ncaa's? Miserable pick.

Posted by: Rpl | Jun 30, 2013 4:43:47 PM

he had 10 and 9 in that game which was one of his worst. if that's the worst the kid has.....as a sophomore.....i'm not concerned.

ben mclemore on the other hand disappeared for several games down the stretch and peppered in a few big games.

alex len going for 10 and 9 was standard operating business. might even call that a good game.

so we're seriously picking apart zeller vs. syracuse? can't get away with a straight up 2-3 in the nba. i'm not worried at all.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 30, 2013 6:34:40 PM

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