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Your Morning Dump… Where Tyler Zeller is looking to bulk up

Chuck - Red's Army August 7, 2014 Celtics News, The Morning Dump, Tyler Zeller 24 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

So what can Zeller bring to the C’s?

“Just my ability to run the floor,” he said, “just be able to set screens or rolls or pops . . . the length and size I bring defensively I think is something they’re looking for.”

And if all goes to plan, a bigger Zeller will arrive at Celtics camp. He’s working on a few things, including bulking up.

“One of them has just been gaining strength, gaining some weight, just to be able to bang a little better with the [centers],” Zeller said. “I only weighed 240-245 pounds last year so I was a little undersized, but I want to gain some weight and also be able to keep my speed. Other than that, just working on a lot of finishes, a lot of shots and just trying to become more efficient offensively.”

CSNNE

I realize it’s early August, but I’m curious how the Celtics front court rotation will shake out. I want to see Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk start at PF and C and log a majority of the minutes at those positions. Zeller and Brandon Bass will likely be the top back-ups.

Provided he’s not serving time for drunk driving in Spain, Vitor Faverani could steal some minutes. I expect Joel Anthony to collect dust at the end of the bench.

Zeller isn’t a shooter like Olynyk, but he’s a better athlete who brings a bit more of a post game (and I use that term loosely). He’s not going to remind us of Dikembe Mutombo, but on this squad, he’s the best rim protector we have.

And despite what we are seeing from Olynyk on Team Canada, he’s not going to log any minutes at point guard.

Related links: Celtics.com - Zeller exclusive interview | ESPN Boston – No. 44 for Zeller

On Page 2, Marcus Smart can shut you down and make you laugh.

Smart tied with Philadelphia’s K.J. McDaniels while earning 13.5 percent of the vote among the 38 first-year players surveyed Sunday at the rookie photo shoot in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Smart was voted second funniest (behind only Twitter darling Joel Embiid) and third best playmaker (behind Phoenix’s Tyler Ennis and San Antonio’s Kyle Anderson). Smart also received votes — but did not finish in top 6 — in a question asking who would win Rookie of the Year.

James Young, Boston’s other first-round pick, tied for fifth place in voting for “most overlooked” rookie.

ESPN Boston (via NBA.com)

I feel like Celtics fans are sleeping on this kid. Maybe we’re all still depressed about falling to 6th in the lottery and losing out on Kevin Love.

The rest of the links:

Globe – Dish Network drops CSNNE | BR – Can James Young make an impact?

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  • dontevertreadonme

    celtics fans arent sleeping on smart. we know what were getting. I guess hes making headlines this summer *yawn*. stepping onto the court come october against the big boys is whole nother animal.

    • KGino

      I’m pretty sure the USA Fiba Olympic Squad (Durant, A Davis, Harden, Curry, D Rose, etc) are considered “big boys”

    • Hex Effect

      And on the USA Select Team he was playing against: Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis, John Wall. Yep, BIG boys! They probably weren’t playing real basketball but to hear how impressive Smart was out there can give us a glimpse on the future Celtics star he will become. A player that can be key in our next championship. A player that can put Boston on the map with sneaker and other types of endorsements. We NEED that! To be able to wear the Marcus Smart Adidas/Nike/ Under Armour signature shoe! To have one of the future superstars of this draft class on our team and win with him, be relevant for many years! C’mon we’re the fuckin’ CELTICS, we DESERVE relevance!

  • bill_nair

    Cant wait to see Smart and Young play. Preseason cant come fast enough.

  • RedwasKing

    I hope Tyler Zeller and Rondo hook up in transition a lot, like when we had Chris Wilcox

    • Fitzy

      LOL chris wilcox had to be the most random guy for that.

  • BillRussell

    Zeller could be really good for us- he is legit 7 footer, can run and has very good hands- this acquisition has been totally overlooked throughout the league- look what Rondo did with/for Stiesma, and Zeller is alot better- i have high hopes-

  • adam

    Am I the only one on the Colton Iverson band wagon?

    • BillRussell

      no way man, i like Colton alot- he does exactly what you want a 7 footer to do- he bangs, and clogs the middle- he could absolutely give us quality minutes off the bench- he has been working his ass off too

    • Thatguy

      I’m rooting for him- but if Zeller/Colt work out… Where does that leave Olynyk?

    • wil

      he plays with alot of effort and hustle, but damn, he cant rebound lol

    • Coach A. Johnson

      Its Colt or Favs, cant have both.

    • adam

      Might have to put Sully or Kelly in the SF, but neither might be quick enough, if you want Sully, Kelly, and Colton all in at once. I like Fav but I want to see what Colton can do before we write him off. We know what Fav can do.

      • Jason Whetzell

        Colton only shoots 44% in Turkey… He also averages 6 fouls per 36 IN TURKEY. He can’t shoot free throws and he can’t jump. He wouldn’t even start on a d league team.

    • Jason Whetzell

      Colton is terrible. I love his hustle but he has no skills, just a big body.

  • Fitzy

    WOJ BOMB

  • forever_green

    Zeller is saying the right thing’s, but expecting a lot from him..just stop it.

    Vitor should be cut, no excuses.

    I like Olynyk & Sully as power forwards.

  • forever_green

    Can’t believe Love has agreed to stay in Cleveland when traded, enjoy..not.

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  • zippittyay

    I am predicting Zeller will soon start and they will take advantage of KOs versatility coming off the bench.

    • Coach A. Johnson

      Yeah I got Zeller and Sully starting with KO as 1st big off the bench. Marcus 1st guard off the bench. And Wallace backing up Green. Of course I could see Bass playing some Big SF too. That’s 9 plus Thornton as 2 guard off the bench. Ten deep easy.