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Tyler Zeller
C - 6'11, 250lbs - 34 years old - 8 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2021 season
  • Birthdate: 01/17/1990
  • Drafted (NBA): 17th pick, 2012
  • Pre-draft team: North Carolina
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2012 NBA DraftNBADrafted 17th overall by Dallas.
2012 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by Dallas, along with Kelenna Azubuike, to Cleveland in exchange for the draft rights to Bernard James (#33) and Jared Cunningham (#24) and Jae Crowder (#34).
5th July, 2012NBASigned four year, $7,517,295 rookie scale contract with Cleveland. Included team options for 2014/15 and 2015/16.
23rd October, 2013NBACleveland exercised 2014/15 team option.
10th July, 2014NBAAs a part of a three team deal, traded by Cleveland to Boston, along with Jarrett Jack and a 2016 first round pick (#28, Skal Labissiere), and along with Sergei Karasev to Brooklyn, in exchange for the draft rights to Ilkan Karaman (#57, 2012), Christian Drejer (#51, 2004) and Edin Bavcic (#56, 2006) from Brooklyn and a protected 2015 second round pick (not conveyed) from Boston.
29th October, 2014NBABoston exercised 2015/16 team option.
27th July, 2016NBARe-signed by Boston to a partially guaranteed two year, $16 million contract.
2nd July, 2017NBAWaived by Boston.
12th September, 2017NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Brooklyn.
5th February, 2018NBATraded by Brooklyn to Milwaukee in exchange for Rashad Vaughn and a conditional 2018 second round pick (#45, Hamadou Diallo).
13th October, 2018NBAWaived by Milwaukee.
8th March, 2019NBASigned a 10 day contract with Atlanta.
5th April, 2019NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Memphis.
Career Moves
2008 - 2012North Carolina (NCAA)
June 2012 - July 2014Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
July 2014 - July 2017Boston Celtics (NBA)
September 2017 - February 2018Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
February 2018 - October 2018Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
March 2019Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
April 2019 - presentMemphis Grizzlies (NBA)
Articles about Tyler Zeller

June 29, 2017

Tyler Zeller
C, 7’0, 253lbs, 27 years old, 5 years of experience

Solid yet unremarkable post player in a league slowly moving away from solid unremarkable post players. Career lows in every category, and in particular his true shooting percentage, down to .508% from the .591% of his breakout year two seasons ago. Zeller is seemingly trying to become a mid-range shooter, over-relying on it rather than using his rudimentary-yet-effective post skills and patience to score around the basket. With his physical profile, he is only ever going to be a post player. He should embrace it again. Given his struggles to switch on the perimeter, his reasonable-yet-significant cap number, and the fact that Zizic is coming, Zeller might require being moved this summer for whatever little return is possible, replaced instead by an athletic rebounder. Failing that, he is an obvious waivers candidate.

Player Plan: Unguaranteed $8 million contract for 2017/18, final year. Move it if possi-ble, waive it if not, and give the spot to Zizic.

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June 30, 2012

[...] Tyler Zeller remains on the board. Someone's going to years of solid, unspectacular contribution. In unrelated news, I think Zeller should add a consistent three point shot and go for a Raef LaFrentz thing. I miss Raef LaFrentz.


Pick 17: Zeller finally goes, picked by the Mavericks at #17, where he will not stay. In its continued bid to ruin the surprise, Twitter (with the assist to Woj) announces that Zeller will be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the first trade of the day.

Of course, Zeller doesn't know this, and talks in his interview about how much of a work ethic he will learn from Dirk Nowitzki. Zeller also talks about his brother Luke (whom Phoenix are now desperately trying to sign), and states how "he's played in the D-League and knows the NBA lifestyle." It's like knowing what heaven's like because you spent two years in hell. It's not the same.

(Brothers normally play similarly in style, but the Zellers couldn't be much more different. Tyler is a 7 footer who does a bit of everything except shooting from deep range; Luke is a 7 footer who only shoots from deep range. You know what you'd have if you blended them together? Raef LaFrentz. I miss Raef LaFrentz.)

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March 16, 2011

Alongside him, Tyler Zeller plays nothing like his brother, Luke, which is a good thing. He is an extremely competent all around player, a 7 foot centre with shotmaking and defensive talent. Zeller is not overly strong, but he's more than willing to use what he's got; he's is not especially explosive, but he's very mobile for his size. Zeller is a talented all around scorer, who gets open off of cuts and pick-and-roll situations, yet who can also create in the post, drop hooks with both hands, drop-step, and step back for the jumpshots. He rebounds, defends the interior well, does a decent job on switches, and is tough and aggressive. Like I said, he's not like Luke.

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