76ciology wrote: Kobblehead wrote:
76ciology wrote:And looking back, reminded me how good Zeller looked as a prospect.
Yeah, I think Zeller still holds up as a prospect on paper.
I think him being a disappointment is more due to his own lack of development as opposed to a scouting whiff.
He never developed his once-promising perimeter skills, offensively. He was a 75% free throw shooter and never developed a three point shot. Also, he had the high post isolating ability to play on the ball but never developed passing ability.
And then once they stuck him at the 5, he was a lost-cause because he never projected to be able to protect the rim.
It's funny how Zeller and Vonleh (both Indiana PF) both busted for the same reasons. Lack of perimeter skill development to play PF so they were relegated to the 5, where their rim protection woes rendered them ineffective.
I guess the lessons learned here are to not try project offense development on prospects that aren't good defenders.
I think he would have been a very good player if he played for Brad Stevens. Heâ€™s the type of C that Stevens like to use. Mobile, high IQ, plays defense and stretch the floor.
I dont think he was maxed out at Hornets playing alongside Kemba.
Drafting him that high is another example of blindly just looking at the numbers over basketball trend. I have him as third tier among class of draft prospects.
I do wonder if Zeller played predominantly at the 4. Say a discount Pau Gasol.
He has everything that you want out of a prospect. High maturity, High IQ, very promising offensive output, great years at a class college. Second Best performing big and was fully fit instead of injured.
As question marks thereâ€™s not a lot there (Tweener?) but tweeners can work at the 4.
Maybe the donâ€™t take bigs high is true.
... If only Abmas was 6â€ť2 ish 170+ . Man he looks like a kid in College. Heâ€™s short and heâ€™s small both things are no good.
It says 6â€ť1â€ť 165 but I bet thatâ€™s with shoes on and being generous to his weight. Heâ€™s very very small
Still he can offense as good as any in College. Was like a mini Curry lol.
Thing is with Abmas say he lives in a gym for 6 months and adds on 20 pounds.... could he be a viable NBA player? His body type doesnâ€™t have the natural â€śstrengthâ€ť or bulk, to put on the extra pounds so itâ€™s take longer than usual.
Genetics be damned!