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Bobcats’ GM compares Cody Zeller to LaMarcus Aldridge

Sep 25, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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LaMarcus Aldridge is a two-time All-Star who last season averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds a game. He has a variety of moves he can use to score from the post, has a turnaround jumper that is deadly and unblockable, he has a midrange game you have to respect (he shot 42 percent from the midrange last season), and his length and quickness make him a good defender on the perimeter for someone his size.

Bobcats GM Rich Cho said this week he thinks rookie Cody Zeller can be like Aldridge.

No pressure kid.

Here is the exact quote from the Charlotte Observer.

Cho said the NBA player Zeller reminds him of most is Portland Trail Blazer LaMarcus Aldridge….

“He’s a pretty unique player with his size – a legit 7-foot – and he can run as well as any 7-footer out there. He can hit a perimeter shot; 18-20 feet and out beyond the arc. He has a very, very high basketball IQ.”

In college Zeller wasn’t asked to show off much of his midrange skills but they were a revelation at Summer League when he played an inside out role and did it well, to the tune of 16.3 points a game on 52 percent shooting.

He’s going to play that same role for the Bobcats, where Al Jefferson will set up camp in the low block and own that space. Zeller shows he has the skills to do it.

But he’s still a long way from the production Aldridge shows. That’s a lofty goal.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    And the Bobcats wonder why they don’t draft the right guys.

  2. metalhead65 - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    it all depends on how they use him. if they stick him down low then you will get good defense and rebounding from him and not much scoring. it sounds like they are planning on using him in a way that shows off all his skills which is a good thing. he did what he had to do at IU to make his team better and it worked since they were terrible before he got there.

    • llfreedman - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Zeller is a terrific scorer down low…one of the most creative finishers I’ve seen in college down low actually…He will succeed inside and out- though it will take sometime for him to be a consistent mid range shot to the level of someone like Aldridge

  3. nflcrimerankingscom - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    But how could this be??? One is white and one is black!

  4. cbrown386 - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Not a surprise, at IU he won a few 3pt contests in practice. He’s been working on his range for a long time, he knows he’s not big enough to bang in the paint. In college he could dominate down low, but he’s definitely capable of stretching the floor.

  5. therealhtj - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Confirms everything I’ve ever believed about the Bobcats scouting department.

  6. jacobknicks - Sep 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Cho only compared him to Lamarcus because of his history with theTrailblazers.

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