Charlotte Hornets: Looking back at Cody Zeller’s best game of the season

Charlotte Hornets Cody Zeller. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Cody Zeller. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

As many debate Cody Zeller’s future with the Charlotte Hornets, the veteran center seems to be having the best season of his career.

The Charlotte Hornets’ regular-season could be coming to an official end, as the NBA should provide updates on the hiatus soon. However, looking back at this season, one player has had the best season of his career.

Veteran center Cody Zeller has been doing a lot of work for the Hornets this season. In just 58 games, Zeller has averaged 11.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game; both numbers are new career highs.

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In recent seasons, Zeller has been plagued with injuries that have restricted his amount of playing time. For example, Zeller missed a total of 82 games between his past two seasons. So far this season, Zeller has played in his most games since the 2016-17 seasons when he played in 62.

Zeller has also managed to start in 39 games this season, sharing the starting center spot with Bismack Biyombo. Due to Coach James Borrego’s rotations, there have even been games where Zeller did not play.

With all of his games played this season, Zeller has had the opportunity to give the Hornets great minutes most nights. Out of every game that he’s played in this season, his performance on the road in October against the Los Angeles Lakers was his best.

Even though the Hornets lost that game, Zeller finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks. This performance earned Zeller his highest game score of the season with 25.1.

What makes this game even more special for Zeller, is the fact that his three steals and three blocks still remain as his game highs for the season. Zeller also had seven offensive rebounds in this game, which is his season-high.

Zeller did have a game where he scored 24 points, but his game score was not as high as it was for his performance against the Lakers. This game against the Lakers happened forever ago, but I think it helped Zeller set the tone for the rest of the season.

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It’s unknown if Zeller and the Hornets will get the opportunity to finish their regular season schedule. At this time, Zeller is still fighting to remain a consistent starter, as he’s also set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.