Originally Posted by Hillsdale87
I see Zeller's best comp as Pau Gasol - a skilled big man with great touch around the rim who can use both hands effectively but has questions about toughness. I think Zeller is a little more athletic, but Gasol is more versatile. Gasol is a better passer than Zeller. Gasol has also shown a better outside shot than Zeller, but I think Zeller can do that. At the first practice of the season in October, Zeller was draining outside shots in drills. Chad Ford also reported that Zeller was shooting 72% from the 3 point line in drills before the draft, so he has the ability.
It was frustrating that he didn't shoot more from the outside last year. If teams had to guard Zeller farther from the hoop that would have really opened up Indiana's offense.
I was surprised that Zeller went as high as he did because of some of the questions about his toughness. That said, he's definitely a better player than Tyler, and Tyler showed that he can be a pretty good player at the end of last season. He is right now one of the most skilled big men in the NBA, so if he develops more toughness, I think he can be a really good player.
The players styles are somewhat similar, but Zeller is missing what might be the most devastating thing about Pau, and that is his height/wingspan. About 3-4 times a game Pau gets an offensive rebound while being boxed out because he can reach about a foot higher than anyone on the court (whether this is an over-the-back violation is another topic for another day, but he seems to get away with it regularly).
It is really hard to find his true comp. He has a strange combination of athleticism, short arms, good size, and an underutilized skill set in college. I compared part of his game earlier to Amar'e because he likes to put the ball on the floor, but I could see him doing a bunch of things. It might be best to put him at the high post and let him distribute (like a Marc Gasol).