Of the projected top 10 picks, there's a 7 footer that's 3rd in scoring, 2nd in rebounding, and 1st in PER amongst the group and will be available when we pick. Cody Zeller is really being over-analyzed. He is the best combination of size, skill, athleticism, hustle, and smarts. He's a selfless player and not a knucklehead. The only reason he's been picked apart like this is because he was the leading candidate to go #1, but clearly has no chance of being Lebron or Derrick Rose.
Zeller is the safe candidate for those who want immediate impact, but has a lot of potential as a long, athletic PF for the upside crowd. He's more productive, ready and sure than Len. He is bigger than Bennett, scored and rebounded more against better competition. He was the centerpiece in Indiana and outproduced Oladipo. Victor was much more exciting and infectious. He only scored 0.2 ppg less than Shabazz, but did it in 4.5 less shots, and is a better rebounder and passer. With a stat line of 17 ppg, 8 rpg, 1 apg, 1 bpg, and 8th in the nation in PER, Zeller is a player that performed all year at a high level despite facing as much, if not more, scrutiny as any prospect.
I understand the dislike for him. He isn't an above the rim player who dominates the paint the way you want from a 7 footer. It seemed like he can get overpowered. His wingspan isn't freakishly small like many claimed, but it is still short. IMO, those are all products of him being a center. I actually view things from the perspective that its a positive that he could be so productive in the paint despite his long term career probably being PF. He hasn't shot much from outside, but his FT (75%) indicates that he can likely develop a jumper. He also seems to recognize his need to develop that skill since Chad Ford said his team is talking up his perimeter game.
Zeller really brings everything to the table that we need. If he were brought in as a franchise savior, he'd be set up for failure. As the big man to complement Wall and Beal, he has the right skills, work ethic, and personality to be the perfect fit.