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Cody Zeller wasn't selected No. 4 in the draft to shoot 38 percent from the field and score five points per game.
In his brief career, Zeller has appeared hesitant and indecisive on offense instead of just letting go and allowing his natural talent to take over. He has the skill set to be a natural fit alongside Al Jefferson, but Josh McRoberts has significantly outplayed him and eaten up most of the minutes at power forward.
The month of December has seen his numbers climb ever so slightly, but he still has not had a single performance that truly announced his arrival in this league.
Once again, Charlotte has been completely mediocre on offense. One of the main reasons for that is the Bobcats' slow pace, as they average just 95.4 possessions, good for the seventh-slowest offense in basketball.
The problem with that? Al Jefferson is Charlotte's oldest rotational player at just 28. With Kemba Walker, Zeller, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Gerald Henderson all under the age of 26, there is no reason why this team should not be running teams off the floor.
Charlotte could very easily use its newfound defensive clout to initiate fast breaks, and the man who could stand to benefit most is Zeller. The former Hoosier saw many of his buckets in college come from running the floor and using his athleticism to finish with authority.
Getting out on the break would be a big confidence booster for the young Zeller, but in the meantime he is going to have to carve out more of a niche for himself in the half court.