Big men entering NBA draft face steep learning curve

Monday June 24th, 2013
First-round picks in 2012, Anthony Davis (left) and Tyler Zeller both had plenty to learn as rookies.
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Drafted fifth overall in 2011, Jonas Valanciunas didn't make his debut until the 2012-13 season.
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Cody Zeller (center) is expected to be a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
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The clock is about to start ticking for this year's crop of big men, and Zeller said that even with the preparation he received at Indiana, with its NBA-like playbook, and twice-a-week chats with his brother, he knows there's a lot he doesn't know. "There's a lot to get adjusted to and I think it will take some time," Zeller said. "It'll be a learning process this first year. I'll fight and scrap for every little bit of it; that's what I'll do at the next level."

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