ASHEVILLE – Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says he needs rookie Cody Zeller to play well in order for his team to improve.
At the same time Clifford wants the 7-footer to ease into his NBA career and not feel the weight of expectations of a player picked fourth overall in this past summer’s draft.
Finding common ground between those two extremes will likely be a season-long work in progress for the new coach and his new player.
After Zeller’s strong showing in the NBA’s Summer League and an impressive first week of training camp, Clifford is convinced he has a power forward that can help the Bobcats for a long time.
But Clifford says it will be a process, joking that, “He’s so young, he’s still learning the rules.”http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/bobcats-thrilled-with-rookie-cody-zellers-play
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Charlotte Bobcats have selected Indiana center Cody Zeller with the No. 4 pick in the NBA draft.
Bobcats general manager Rich Cho said earlier in the week the Bobcats needed a big man and the 7-foot, 240-pound Zeller should provide help on the boards.
Zeller averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds last season as a sophomore for the Hoosiers. He finished as Indiana’s career record holder in field goal percentage, shooting 59.1 percent from the floor.
Two Hoosiers were picked in the top four in the draft. Victor Oladipo was selected second overall by Orlando.
Charlotte is 28-120 over the past two seasons and has never won a playoff game.
The Bobcats chose Zeller over two other available centers – Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel and Maryland’s Alex Len.http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/bobcats-select-indiana-c-zeller-with-no-4-pick