2013 NBA Draft – #4: Cody Zeller
With the fourth pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Bobcats selected Indiana’s Cody Zeller.
Zeller starred at the University of Indiana alongside this year’s draft No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo, who was selected by the Orlando Magic.
The Bobcats’ selection of Zeller was a bit surprising given the fact former University of Kentucky standout Nerlens Noel was still available, but Charlotte is banking on the seven-foot center to fill the team’s void on the interior.
“I’m so excited for Charlotte, playing with the Bobcats,” Zeller said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s one of my top choices just because it’s a young group of guys with Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd‑Gilchrist especially. Guys with good motors that play the right way. They get up and run. It’s a good group of young guys. Charlotte seems like a great city. I think all around it’s a great fit for me.”
While Zeller’s selection may have come as a surprise to most, there were numerous reports circulating on Bobcats general manager Rich Cho’s interest in the big man.
“I was just kidding my agent because he didn’t bail me out,” Zeller said. “He didn’t tell me. I didn’t know until David Stern announced it. It’s a crazy process not knowing, but I’m definitely excited that I ended up with the Bobcats.”
Last season the Bobcats primarily relied on the trio of Bismack Biyombo, Brendan Haywood and Byron Mullens in the frontcourt and Zeller should offer an immediate upgrade.
Zeller averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds on 56 percent shooting for Indiana last season as a sophomore. He is the third of his siblings to reach the NBA. His brother Tyler plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Luke most recently played for the Phoenix Suns.