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Tyler Zeller - C, 7'0, 253
Brooklyn Nets - Signed as a free agent in September 2017
       Date of birth: 01/17/1990
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 17th pick, 2012
     Out of: North Carolina
  NBA Experience: 5 years
  Hand: Right

2012 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 17th overall by Dallas.
2012 NBA Draft NBA Draft rights traded by Dallas, along with Kelenna Azubuike, to Cleveland in exchange for the draft rights to Bernard James (#33) and Jared Cunningham (#24) and Jae Crowder (#34).
5th July, 2012 NBA Signed four year, $7,517,295 rookie scale contract with Cleveland. Included team options for 2014/15 and 2015/16.
23rd October, 2013 NBA Cleveland exercised 2014/15 team option.
10th July, 2014 NBA As a part of a three team deal, traded by Cleveland to Boston, along with Jarrett Jack and a 2016 first round pick (#28, Skal Labissiere), and along with Sergei Karasev to Brooklyn, in exchange for the draft rights to Ilkan Karaman (#57, 2012), Christian Drejer (#51, 2004) and Edin Bavcic (#56, 2006) from Brooklyn and a protected 2015 second round pick (not conveyed) from Boston.
29th October, 2014 NBA Boston exercised 2015/16 team option.
27th July, 2016 NBA Re-signed by Boston to a partially guaranteed two year, $16 million contract.
2nd July, 2017 NBA Waived by Boston.
12th September, 2017 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Brooklyn.
When: Where:
2008 - 2012 North Carolina (NCAA)
June 2012 - July 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
July 2014 - July 2017 Boston Celtics (NBA)
September 2017 - present Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
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Alongside him, Tyler Zeller plays nothing like his brother, Luke, which is a good thing. He is an extremely competent all around player, a 7 foot centre with shotmaking and defensive talent. Zeller is not overly strong, but he's more than willing to use what he's got; he's is not especially explosive, but he's very mobile for his size. Zeller is a talented all around scorer, who gets open off of cuts and pick-and-roll situations, yet who can also create in the post, drop hooks with both hands, drop-step, and step back for the jumpshots. He rebounds, defends the interior well, does a decent job on switches, and is tough and aggressive. Like I said, he's not like Luke.

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   2017 NBA Manifesto

Tyler Zeller
C, 7’0, 253lbs, 27 years old, 5 years of experience

Solid yet unremarkable post player in a league slowly moving away from solid unremarkable post players. Career lows in every category, and in particular his true shooting percentage, down to .508% from the .591% of his breakout year two seasons ago. Zeller is seemingly trying to become a mid-range shooter, over-relying on it rather than using his rudimentary-yet-effective post skills and patience to score around the basket. With his physical profile, he is only ever going to be a post player. He should embrace it again. Given his struggles to switch on the perimeter, his reasonable-yet-significant cap number, and the fact that Zizic is coming, Zeller might require being moved this summer for whatever little return is possible, replaced instead by an athletic rebounder. Failing that, he is an obvious waivers candidate.

Player Plan: Unguaranteed $8 million contract for 2017/18, final year. Move it if possi-ble, waive it if not, and give the spot to Zizic.

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   2012 NBA Draft Diary

[...] Tyler Zeller remains on the board. Someone's going to years of solid, unspectacular contribution. In unrelated news, I think Zeller should add a consistent three point shot and go for a Raef LaFrentz thing. I miss Raef LaFrentz.


Pick 17: Zeller finally goes, picked by the Mavericks at #17, where he will not stay. In its continued bid to ruin the surprise, Twitter (with the assist to Woj) announces that Zeller will be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the first trade of the day.

Of course, Zeller doesn't know this, and talks in his interview about how much of a work ethic he will learn from Dirk Nowitzki. Zeller also talks about his brother Luke (whom Phoenix are now desperately trying to sign), and states how "he's played in the D-League and knows the NBA lifestyle." It's like knowing what heaven's like because you spent two years in hell. It's not the same.

(Brothers normally play similarly in style, but the Zellers couldn't be much more different. Tyler is a 7 footer who does a bit of everything except shooting from deep range; Luke is a 7 footer who only shoots from deep range. You know what you'd have if you blended them together? Raef LaFrentz. I miss Raef LaFrentz.)

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 29th November 2017

Zeller continues to start for the Nets, and while the 10 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 1 block performance he had in the last game does not exactly wow, it does mean 18.7 fantasy points for the minimum price. Combined with the fact that the centre spot is the hardest one to find great fantasy value at, and that you might not want to spend big money on the star bigs, and Zeller is thus a noteworthy cheap pick.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 27th November 2017

We have profiled Zeller in this space before, and when we did so, we marked upon how he was given the chance to be a starter on account of the other options at the position being unavailable. However, they are now all available again, and Zeller starts anyway. With Timofey Mozgov perhaps permanently relegated to the bench and rookie Jarrett Allen not ready for the full-time minutes yet, Zeller starts and has averaged 14.1 fantasy points over the past four games. It is not much, but it is possibly the best available for the minimum price at any position.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 19th November 2017

With the centre spot available due to the benching of the ineffectual Timofey Mozgov and the injury to Jarrett Allen, Zeller started to make it his, punctuated by a 21 real point performance. Unfortunately, he then missed two games due to illness when the door was wide open. In his first game back, Zeller recorded 24 minutes, 7 points, 5 rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and 18.5 fantasy points. The starting spot remains wide open, and Zeller continues to stake a good claim to it.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 10th November 2017

Zeller was out of the rotation to begin the season, but has been given an opportunity to play by the absence due to injury of rookie regular backup centre, Jarrett Allen. And he has taken advantage. Since he started getting significant minutes four games ago, Zeller has improved his output in each game (4, 9, 12, 21), getting a block per game along the way. With Allen out again tonight, Zeller could produce for filthy cheap again – another 21 point night is not likely on the cards, but a 21 fantasy point night could be.

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