LAS VEGAS – The trick now is to not get lost in the shuffle, within his own team and even within his own family.
Tyler Zeller started 55 games last season as a rookie, ordinarily a good start to a long career, except that now the Cavaliers have Anderson Varejao likely to return from injury and Andrew Bynum arriving as a free agent trying to return from injury. The center competition will be tougher.
But within the Zeller family, the NBA depth chart just got a lot deeper. There was already Tyler and Luke, and now Cody is joining the league as the No. 4 pick in the Draft counted on to be an important part of the Charlotte future.
Tyler continues to do his part to remain prominent on both fronts. Monday, he had 15 points and 12 rebounds in Cleveland’s 66-62 loss to the Pelicans at Cox Pavilion.
Non-rookie of the day: Aron Baynes, Spurs. Seldom used last season as a reserve center, Baynes took advantage of the summer-league opportunity by getting 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead San Antonio to a 96-87 win over the Hawks.
Other notables: Jeffery Taylor, always more than just the other small forward Charlotte picked in the 2012 draft, after lottery choice Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, had 20 points and four steals in the 84-71 victory over the Knicks. Also, Mike Scott scored 27 points and added seven rebounds for the Hawks against the Spurs. Markieff Morris scored 22 points and twin Marcus Morris hit the game-winning jumper at the buzzer to lead the Suns past the Timberwolves 91-89. Andrew Goudelock, best known for his time with the Lakers, scored 31 points for the Bulls in the 93-81 victory over the Nuggets. Malcolm Thomas had 22 rebounds, along with 13 points, for Chicago.
Rookie of the day: Ray McCallum, Kings. The second-round pick trying to push his way into the point guard picture — with Greivis Vasquez and Isaiah Thomas – had 23 points and six steals as the bright spot to a 80-66 loss to the Warriors.
Other notables: Minnesota’s Robbie Hummel, always a talented shooter, made six of nine attempts, including both three-pointers.
Coming up: Tuesday is the final day of preliminary play, before teams are seeded and placed in brackets for the tournament format leading to the championship game on July 22.