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1. Cody Zeller
Zeller is no longer the only athletic top-10 Hoosier big man on this roster. He came on stronger as his rookie season wore on last year, but he will now start to feel some heat from his fellow alum.
If McRoberts is not re-signed, it is a strong bet that Zeller is given the first crack at the starting nod. On paper, he has a great skill set to complement Jefferson. He is athletic, can stretch the floor and get out and run.
Zeller averaged just 6.0 points in his rookie season because he was often caught in between while on the court. His decision-making was poor, as he found himself in no-man's land around 15 feet from the rim too often, struggling to commit to either a short jumper or a drive to the rim.
His 7.7 points and 4.8 rebounds on 51 percent shooting after the All-Star break helped him save some face and quell the "bust" brigade for the time being. Let's not forget he is still just 21 and has a lot of room to grow.
Charlotte taking Vonleh had little to do with Zeller. He was simply too good to pass up and was not supposed to slip to No. 9, and Charlotte is not a franchise in position to pass on that kind of talent.
Look for Zeller to make big improvements in year two and start to live up to his lofty draft billing.
2. Noah Vonleh
Vonleh is likely not ready for a huge role just yet, but frontcourt depth was a big issue for this team last year. There is not enough talent to keep Vonleh off the court for long.
Charlotte struck gold when he fell to them in the draft after many expected him to go in the top five. On paper, it would be hard to find a better potential complement to Jefferson. Vonleh has great length and ability to stretch the floor as well as an incredibly high ceiling at just 18 years old.
Vonleh's presence may have pushed McRoberts out the door, but he has solidified this frontcourt. He has All-Star potential and should cause problems immediately with his jumper and defensive length.
It will be interesting to see how Clifford incorporates Vonleh early on. A shooter would have been the ideal selection for Charlotte with that pick, but nobody is complaining about getting this sort of elite talent falling right in its lap. He has star written all over him and will definitely find his way into meaningful minutes at some point in his rookie season.
3. Dwight Powell
Charlotte doubled up on frontcourt depth in this draft by grabbing Powell in Round 2. Charlotte now has three power forwards all under age 22.
Powell often got overlooked at Stanford because of his teammates, but he was as vital a contributor as any of them. He is an extremely active player who will crash the boards and stretch the floor, a quality Clifford apparently has an affection for in his big men.
Powell will likely not see many minutes due to the redundancy on the roster. Zeller and Vonleh possess a lot of the same strengths, but the main thing Powell has above them is his creativity. He averaged 3.2 assists last season at Stanford and could use that unique ability to carve out a nice role for himself on this roster.
McRoberts' passing was one of the most irreplaceable elements to last year's Bobcats team. Zeller and Vonleh do not have the ability to replicate that, but since Powell does, he could easily find himself logging some solid minutes because of it.