The Bobcats made Zeller the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He was actually the second Indiana Hoosier taken in that draft class, as Victor Oladipo went second overall. Zeller proved to be a reliable presence as a rookie, appearing in all 82 games for the Bobcats. He mostly came off the bench, starting three times in all and averaging 17.3 minutes per contest as he acclimated to the NBA. Zeller attempted 4.9 field goals per contest, making 42.6 percent of his shots. That led to him averaging 6.0 points per game, and he added 4.3 rebounds with 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks. Zeller scored in double digits for the first time in his career Dec. 6 against the Sixers, and he went on to do so 14 more times over the course of the campaign. His top offensive performance came Mar. 31, when Zeller racked up 15 points and eight rebounds against Washington. Five days later, he posted his first career double-double with 12 points and a season-high 11 boards against Cleveland.2014
In his sophomore campaign, Zeller was coming off a rookie year where he played in all 82 games and finished on the All-Rookie Second Team. He was unable to remain an iron man in his second season, as Zeller only played in 62 contests. However, he had a bigger role when he was on the court, as he started 45 games after only starting three in his first campaign. Zeller also saw his minutes increase from 17.3 per game to 24.0 per game. That extra time only led to one more field-goal attempt per contest, though. Perhaps owing to that fact, Zeller's points per game rose from 6.0 to 7.6, which is less than a basket per contest. Zeller also averaged 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He also made 46.1 percent of his field goals, and 77.4 percent of his free throws, both major increases over his rookie season. The Hornets really struggled on offense, as they ranked 28th in points per game. In their first year after dropping Bobcats for the old-school name, the team went 33-49, with seven players averaging more points per game than Zeller.2015
Zeller played 73 games in 2015, mostly appearing in the starting lineup. The seven-footer started in 60 of the games he played, and there was only one real chunk of time in late January where he missed a few contests in a row. Zeller had two 20 points game, including a 23-pointer that is tied for his career best. There was also another outing where he notched 19 points and pulled down 10 boards for one of a handful of double-doubles he managed on the year. However, on the year he only averaged 8.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He also picked up 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.9 blocks per contest. As the season went on, Zeller seemed to lose some steam, as he was held to single-digit points in 11 of his last 12 games. This was the rare year where the Hornets made the playoffs, as they finished with the sixth seed in the East. Zeller appeared in all seven games of Charlotte's first-round loss to the Heat, averaging 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.2016
Despite missing the entire preseason with a knee issue, Zeller was able to step on the court for Charlotte's season opener in 2016, notching 15 points against the Bucks. Soon thereafter, Zeller signed a four-year extension with the Hornets, and he proceeded to pay that off by having the best season of his career to date. As has often been the case in his career, Zeller missed time with injury, ending up with 62 games played on the campaign. Among the highlights of his year was when he scored 23 points against the Hawks, tying his personal best. While Zeller strangely only made 67.9 percent of his free throws, his personal low, he made 57.1 percent of his field goals, which is the top number of his career. Zeller averaged 10.3 points per game, a personal high, and he also picked up one steal per game. The Indiana product also averaged 27.8 minutes per game. Of course, despite all this he was still but a cog in the Hornets, as five players averaged more points per contest. It was all for naught, though, as Charlotte went 36-46 and missed the playoffs.2017
Zeller headed into 2017-18 coming off the best season of his career. The Indiana product would face multiple injuries throughout the year. It all started when he missed four of the first five games. Zeller recorded a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds on Nov. 5 at the T-Wolves. Then, in a 101-87 loss to the Warriors on Dec. 6, he suffered a torn meniscus. The big man missed 27 contests, and knee issues would reoccur the next couple months. Eventually, he was shut down and missed the final 16 games. In the end, Zeller would make 33 appearances. He would go on to average 19.0 minutes and 7.1 points per contest.2018
Cody Zeller provided steady contributions through the first month of the season, posting five double-digit scoring performances in October. Zeller recorded his first double-double of the season on Dec. 14th, finishing with a then season-high 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 126-124 loss to the Knicks. Shortly thereafter, on Dec. 31st, Zeller suffered the first of two significant injuries, breaking a bone in his right hand during a victory over the Magic. After missing a month, Zeller returned on Feb. 5th, scoring six points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a 117-115 loss to the Clippers. This marked the beginning of Zeller's best stretch of the season. In nine February games, highlighted by a 28-point, nine-rebound effort on Feb. 25th, Zeller averaged 13.4 points and 9.3 rebounds. Zeller began experiencing knee soreness at the beginning of March and was shut down for the final 16 games of the season. Zeller finished the season with averages of 10.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 25 minutes per game across 49 contests. He totaled 26 games with double-digit points and six games with double-digit boards. Zeller recorded four double-doubles during the season. On defense, the big center accumulated five performances with at least three blocks. Zeller's Hornets finished the season with a 39-43 record and just missed the playoffs.
June 27, 2013Drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
July 10, 2013Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Charlotte Bobcats
October 31, 2016Signed a four-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets