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Cody Zeller | Center/Forward | #40

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/5/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 240
College: Indiana
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (4) / CHA
Contract: view contract details

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Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that his starting lineup is set except for the center position.
Cody Zeller and Roy Hibbert will compete for the starting role, but Clifford simply said that they will both "play a lot." Neither player has much upside and Hibbert has been a ghost for the past two years, so a potential timeshare won't help. This is a situation that most fantasy owners will want to ignore. In case it needs to be said, Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams are the confirmed starters at 1-4. Sep 26 - 1:13 PM

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Cody Zeller (sore right knee) was withheld from participating in a scrimmage with the US Select Team earlier this week, although the injury is not believed to be serious.

A sore knee is nothing to be concerned about, as Zeller has plenty of time to get himself ready for the 2016-17 season. Zeller will likely split minutes with Roy Hibbert at the center-spot this upcoming season, meaning his value in standard leagues will be non-existent.
Jul 20 - 11:40 AM

Hornets' GM Rich Cho said that Cody Zeller will work on expanding his range this offseason.

"One thing Cody will work on this summer is his shooting, midrange game and pulling up behind-the-arc also," said Cho. Zeller is coming off a career-year in which he averaged 8.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.9 swats per contest on 52.9 percent shooting from the field. If he could add a 3-point shot to his game, it could only help his fantasy value, but he still won't be worth anything more than a late-round flier on draft day.
May 4 - 11:38 AM

Steve Clifford said Cody Zeller needs to improve his shot from the perimeter.

Zeller shot a career-high 52.9 percent from the field this season, but he doesn't have the size or strength to bang around with the bigger bodies in the league on a consistent basis down low. Developing a perimeter jumper would help Zeller stretch the floor while potentially taking advantage of any mismatches, something that could help his game further grow.
May 2 - 12:09 PM

Cody Zeller (knee) is expected to play in Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

Zeller tweaked his right knee during Game 5, but it doesn't sound like he's dealing with anything serious. He should play around 20 minutes off the bench, which isn't enough floor time for him to put up a meaningful stat line.
Apr 28 - 3:26 PM

Cody Zeller (right knee) scored four points in 21 minutes during Wednesday's road win, adding three boards, one assist and one block.

Zeller headed into the Hornets' locker room during the second quarter with a knee injury, and he occasionally favored that leg during the second half. It's a pre-existing injury and we'll include him on the injury report as a precaution for Game 6 -- if he can't suit up there will be more minutes available for Frank Kaminsky, Al Jefferson and Spencer Hawes.

Cody Zeller (knee) headed into the locker room during the second quarter of Wednesday's game, but he has since returned.

We should have more details about Zeller's injury after the game, but it doesn't sound like it will be an issue going forward.
Apr 27 - 8:54 PM

Cody Zeller looked good off the bench against the Heat on Saturday with 12 points, eight rebounds and one block in 26 minutes.

The move to the bench worked out very well. Zeller did kind of pad his stats late with Hassan Whiteside not wanting to foul out, so this output is slightly inflated. He will likely have a tough time repeating this effort in Game 4.
Apr 23 - 8:46 PM

Cody Zeller is coming off the bench on Saturday.

It makes sense because Zeller has been torched in the first unit. He could even lose some minutes to Spencer Hawes. Fantasy owners should be steering clear of Zeller for this game.
Apr 23 - 4:06 PM

Cody Zeller got off to a strong start with a seven-point first quarter on Wednesday, but he finished with just eight points, five rebounds and four fouls in 14 minutes.

Steve Clifford didn't make any lineup changes after criticizing his team's defense during Game 1's blowout loss, and it remains to be seen how they can slow down Hassan Whiteside, who has a combined 38 points on 17-of-19 shooting through two games. Zeller was more physical in his limited minutes but it hardly mattered -- Whiteside finished with 17 points and 13 boards, and even Spencer Hawes wound up playing meaningful minutes at center down the stretch.
Apr 20 - 9:57 PM

Cody Zeller (chest) started Wednesday's game and had three points, three rebounds and one steal as the Hornets cruised past the visiting Magic.

Zeller missed one game on Monday with a bruised sternum but it didn't prevent him from suiting up tonight, as the Hornets continued to fight for the No. 5 seed. The 23 year old has been more consistent since Charlotte locked him in as a full-time center, and his average speed on the court (4.4 miles per hour) ranks him as the fastest center in the league this year. He'll be ready to go for Game 1 of the playoffs.
Apr 13 - 11:23 PM

Cody Zeller (chest) will play against the Magic on Wednesday.

A win would be helpful for the Hornets and they could move up in the standings with some help. Zeller will likely be looking at minutes in the mid 20s with Al Jefferson splitting the duties. If he is limited, Spencer Hawes would pick up some run.
Apr 13 - 6:26 PM

Cody Zeller (sternum contusion) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's matchup with the Magic.

Zeller missed Monday's game vs. the Celtics, which allowed Al Jefferson to return to the starting unit with Frank Kaminsky earning some extended run off the bench. It'll be more of the same on Wednesday night if Zeller can't give it a go, with Jefferson being the better potential DFS target.
Apr 13 - 11:26 AM

Cody Zeller (sternum contusion) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Magic.

Zeller sat out Monday's win over the Celtics, which resulted in Al Jefferson moving back into the starting lineup and posting a double-double through 27 minutes of work. If Zeller is out again on Wednesday, Jefferson and Frank Kaminsky will benefit most, with Jefferson offering the most upside.
Apr 12 - 2:46 PM

Cody Zeller (sternum contusion) is out against the Celtics on Monday.

This is a big blow for the Hornets in an important game for their playoff chances. Al Jefferson will get the start, but his minutes should be similar. Spencer Hawes will be the one picking up some extra run.
Apr 11 - 6:07 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kemba Walker
2Ramon Sessions
3Brian Roberts
4Aaron Harrison
5Andrew Andrews
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Marco Belinelli
3Treveon Graham
4Rasheed Sulaimon
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
3Perry Ellis
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
3Christian Wood
C1Cody Zeller
2Roy Hibbert
3Spencer Hawes
4Mike Tobey