Coming into the 2013 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers have three above-average starters, one infuriatingly up-and-down shooting guard, a center about to test the free agent waters, and a bench that is considered by many to be a violation of the Geneva Convention. After the Blazers hit pay dirt last season with Damian Lillard, a strong draft this season could mean playoff games in the Rose City. Here is a short look at the options for the Blazers with the tenth pick for the draft on June 27.
Cody Zeller, Forward/Center, Indiana
7'0, 240, averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds last season as a sophomore
Zeller is an offensive threat with a great ability to score low in the paint. He put up very consistent numbers all season for Indiana, including a terrific 24 point, 8 rebound performance against Michigan State and a 25 point, 10 rebound game in a clutch win over Michigan. He is not an impressive shot blocker; he never had more than three in any game this season except for once versus Sam Houston State in which he had four. He got bullied down low in the NCAA tournament in Indiana's loss in the Sweet 16 to Syracuse. There are concerns he will not be able to put up the defensive numbers needed from a center, and how well his low post game will translate to the NBA. Even with these concerns, the potential athleticism at the large forward positions with Zeller and LaMarcus Aldridge are too good pass up.no comments no comments