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#40 Cody Zeller
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  • Charlotte Hornets
  • Drafted 4th overall in 2013
  • PF/C
  • 7'0" / 240lbs
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  • 10/05/1992
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  • 4th pick, 2013
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2013 NBA DraftNBADrafted 4th overall by Charlotte.
10th July, 2013NBASigned four year, $17,410,113 rookie scale contract with Charlotte. Included team options for 2015/16 and 2016/7.
29th October, 2014NBACharlotte exercised 2015/16 team option.
2nd November, 2015NBACharlotte exercised 2016/17 team option.
31st October, 2016NBASigned a four year, $56 million extension with Charlotte.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2011 - 2013Indiana (NCAA)
June 2013 - presentCharlotte Bobcats/Hornets (NBA)

November 29, 2017

Going from starting to coming off the bench has driven Cody’s fantasy price down further and further over the course of the season to the point that it is only $0.7 million above both the minimum and his brother. Yet despite the reduced minutes in light of the acquisition (and strong play) of Dwight Howard, Zeller is arguably having the best season of his career, blocking far more shots than ever while also putting up more than 150% of his career offensive rebounding rate. Even in the reduced minutes, Zeller’s averages of 7.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game should cost much more than this.


June 29, 2017

Cody Zeller
PF/C, 7’0, 240lbs, 24 years old, 4 years of experience

Continued a career full off incremental improvements, and has become a very efficient offensive option whose transition game adds a dimension to a team that otherwise struggles in that area. Zeller’s rebounding rate took a big hit and is now distinctly sub-par, and his lack of rim protection contributed to a team-wide inability to stop opponents around the basket. Nonetheless, he has speed and athleticism, and uses it to hus-tle around defensively while being a very effective role man offensively, scoring with great efficiency despite neither posting up nor spotting up. Signed for the next four years at an average of $14 million per, Zeller is a good new-era centre, and a starting calibre player even if Howard’s addition puts him to the bench.

Player Plan: Begins four year, $56 million extension this summer. A somewhat limited play-er who has done an excellent job of playing within what he does well, and who is worthy of that money based on current play. If he keeps improving, even better. But he will not pair well with Howard, will surely have to go to the bench, and thus is the most obvious casualty of the deal.