June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Tyler Zeller (Duke), right, is introduced as the number seventeen overall pick to the Dallas Mavericks by NBA commissioner David Stern during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Draft: Is Cleveland a great fit for Tyler Zeller?


First off, congrats to all of the players who are drafted. As much as I love the Tar Heels, I will not be biased when congratulating individuals on their accomplishments. Second, special congratulations go out to my fellow Tar Heels that were drafted. I want to focus more on Tyler Zeller right now. He was initially drafted by the Dallas Mavericks. I think Dallas is a great fit for Tyler. However, Cleveland may actually be a better fit for him. I expect the Cleveland Cavaliers to start Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Anthony Parker, Antawn Jamison, and Tyler Zeller. This isn’t a bad lineup for them. Zeller is very savvy when it comes to defense. People keep telling me that he needs to bulk up. For crying out loud, Tyler is 7’0”, 250 pounds. All he needs to do is learn how to use his size better. As far as offense, Tyler’s game is multi-faceted. He will be hard to guard. He has an array of shots, consisting of hook shots and jumpers. Now that Tyler has Kyrie aka “Uncle Drew” feeding him,

I expect for Kyrie to average over 10 assists a game in addition to being an all star in 2012. As for Zeller, I expect for him to average 12 points and 10 rebounds next season. The great thing about Tyler is that Cleveland doesn’t have to worry about off-the-court distractions with him. He is very good at playing basketball, but he is even better at being a human being.

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  • j_rhodes23

    Im a cavs fan and Zeller will fit great with tristan thompson who is more defensively minded as a power forward/centre. But Parker has retired and Jamison wont be playing next year, so the lineup will look like: Kyrie, Waiters, Alonzo Gee, and a 3 man rotation of Varaejo, Thompson and Zeller. Will be a great fit though as they can develop together

    • moldy912

       @j_rhodes23 I commented and realized you said the exact same thing as me. We are agreed too, so that is good. Go Cavs!

      • http://www.keepingitheel.com/ horrancameron

         @moldy912 Don’t forget about Manny Harris getting P/T at the 2 and 3.

  • moldy912

    Your starting lineup is off. First off, Jamison has stated he will not return to the team as a free agent. That’s actually a good thing because his salary is too high for what he’s worth. Second, Anthony Parker retired, so he will not be there. So, the lineup will go like this:Irving
    Waiters
    GeeThompsonVarejaoThe Cavs really like Gee and Thompson, so they will continue to start them. Varejao will be healed, so he will start again at center. Thompson, Varejao, and Zeller will be a great PF/C rotation, although Zeller will only play center. The Cavs really should sign a better SF. I just don’t understand what they see in Alonzo Gee.

    • http://www.keepingitheel.com/ horrancameron

       @moldy912 I forgot that Parker retired. Thanks. As for Jamison, who knows. He may change his mind.