Apr 10, 2013; Bloomington, IN, USA; Cody Zeller at his press conference for NBA draft. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Draft Rumors: Bobcats Want Cody Zeller But Getting Resistance


While former Indiana Hoosier Cody Zeller is expected to be a lottery pick, his most likely draft position is towards the middle or end of the lottery.

That wouldn’t be the case if Charlotte Bobcats general manager Rich Cho had his way.

According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, Cho is enamored with Zeller and would select him with the Bobcats fourth overall selection if he could, but he’s apparently meeting resistance from the ownership group.

Per Ford:

Bobcats GM Rich Cho is a big Zeller fan. He’s pushing that direction but getting resistance.

It’s possible Charlotte could attempt to trade down if they really wanted to grab Zeller, but given the talent in the top four it’s hard to envision the Bobcats ownership group approving such a move.

Desperate for a big man, Zeller would most certainly fill the void but the more likely case has the Bobcats swooping in and taking whomever drops from the Nerlens Noel, Anthony Bennett, Alex Len grouping. Somebody is going to fall, it’s just a matter of who. The drop off in talent is pretty significant after the first six or seven picks so the Bobcats, despite Cho’s interest in Zeller, should find themselves a very serviceable player.

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