Charlotte Hornets

Hornets’ Cody Zeller made strides to round out his game

Cody Zeller

Positions: Power forward, center.

Contract status: Zeller will make $4.2 million next season on his rookie-scale contract. The Hornets have a team option for the 2016-17 season.

Seasons in the NBA: Two.

Telling statistic: When Zeller was drafted fourth in 2013, the team touted his 3-point shooting. In two seasons Zeller has taken two NBA 3s in 144 games (1-of-2).

Season review: The Hornets were happy with the work Zeller put in last summer. He became more reliable shooting out to about 18 feet and put on some much-needed muscle. Zeller improved as a ballhandler and finished stronger at the rim, leading the Hornets with 46 dunks. Defensively he cut down on the number of times he was in foul trouble.

They need him to continue increasing his shooting range to become a true "stretch" power forward. A sprained right shoulder cause Zeller to miss 19 of the Hornets last 20 games. They just couldn’t get all the inflammation out of the joint in his shooting arm.

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