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Acquired in a three-team deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets, Tyler Zeller is 24 years old, 7 feet tall and has two more seasons left on a rookie-scale contract. This makes him a perfect fit for the Boston Celtics.
Zeller started 55 games two years ago (as a rookie) but only nine last season, when his minutes dropped but his advanced numbers (including player efficiency rating, true shooting percentage and free-throw rate) spiked, per Basketball Reference.
With the Celtics, Zeller will have the opportunity to start at center. They don’t really have anyone his height who has natural experience at the 5, and it makes little sense to give those minutes to an offensively inept player like Joel Anthony or an out-of-shape sloth like Vitor Faverani.
If he doesn’t start at center, Zeller will still spend plenty of time in the frontcourt beside either Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk.
All statistics are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com or NBA.com unless otherwise noted.
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