Being the 17th overall pick in 2012, there were some high expectations of Tyler Zeller. Picked by Dallas and subsequently dealt to the Cavaliers, he was to be the big center the Cavaliers had been lacking. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I heard the Cavs had acquired him. There was a talented young core forming in the locker room and I thought Zeller would be an appropriate addition to that. What Zeller lacked in muscle he made up for in hustle!—and a feisty competitiveness.
During Zeller's rookie season, he was just two blocks shy of being top in blocks amongst the team, despite leading the Cavaliers in personal fouls. He was a force on defense that year, drawing offensive fouls left and right from attackers. The following season saw Zeller take a different role, as backup center, a position which the Cavaliers had a carousel at. Still, Zeller was a welcomed sight on defense. I’ll definitely miss his playing style.
Now let’s talk about Jarrett Jack. Jack was only here for one season but developed a solid role as a Cavs player and finished the year fourth in points amongst the team. He was also the biggest prankster of a basketball player, off the court, that I have ever seen, bringing all kinds of havoc to his fellow players and Cavaliers staff. (All in good fun, of course!) He seemed like a positive person to have in the locker room, keeping the team humble one hilarious interview at a time.
Good luck to all of these players with their new respective teams! Cleveland remembers you.