Cody Zeller thinks he will fit in well if the Philadelphia 76ers decide to use their first-round selection in the upcoming draft on him.
The two sides met on Thursday’ at the NBA draft combine. Zeller said that the interview between him and the Sixers’ brass went well.
An efficient post player is a dire need of the 76ers. With a front court consisting of the likes of Spencer Hawes, Kwame Brown, and Lavoy Allen, it is hard to believe that the franchise will go another season without trying to add another piece, whether it be via draft, trade, or free agency.
While Zeller currently lacks the strength or physicality to handle NBA centers defensively or finishing through contact, he does do a lot of different things well. He has great footwork for a guy his size, along with a tremendous understanding of the game.
According to the big man himself, he is confident he will be able to contribute at the next level.
“I think [I bring] a lot of things, my work ethic, and I pride myself on winning. It’s always what I’ve done throughout college and high school. So I think I can bring that to an NBA team.”
Chad Ford of ESPN has the Sixers taking Zeller with the 11th pick overall in the 2013 draft. However, the lottery has yet to take place. The draft order will no longer be a question after Tuesday’s lottery. Depending on how the ping pong balls fall, players will move up and fall according to team’s needs. Zeller is viewed as possibly the biggest hit-or-miss prospect in the draft. The Sixers clearly have some interest due to the fact they decided on interviewing him at the combine, but whether or not the team was impressed is yet to be known.