Tyler Zeller was acquired prior to last season in a deal that helped LeBron get back to Cleveland. The Celtics gave up literally nothing to get Zeller and he has proven that given playing time he can produce.
In 82 games last season, Zeller produced solid numbers with 10 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1 block per game. He is an efficient offensive player, who knows his game and works with his strengths. He knows to play within himself, as shown by the fact that he didn’t shoot a single three last season.
Zeller was a workhorse last season and did what was asked him night in, night out whether that was fighting for rebounds or draining buzzer beating, game-winners. Case in point:
Entering this season it looks like Zeller will be the starting centre with Kelly Olynyk as his backup after a strong preseason.
Zeller shot 54.9% from the field last season, and I would expect similar numbers in that area again this season. He isn’t going to score 20 points a night, but what he can do is be efficient when called upon. There’s no doubt that Zeller made the team better last season, and now it’s time for him to take his game to a new level and make the team even better this season.
With a contract-extension looking unlikely for Zeller, he will have even more incentive to play his heart out every night as he looks for a new contract for years to come.