NBA / Sep 11, 2013 / 10:15 am

It Was A Krispy Kreme Offseason For Cavs’ Center Tyler Zeller

Tyler Zeller

Tyler Zeller (photo. Instagram/clecavs)

The second-year center out of North Carolina, Tyler Zeller, experienced a bout of the flu last season that saw him lose more weight than he was comfortable with on his slender 7-0 frame. So he did what any rational American would do: he binged on Krispy Kreme.

After his first regular season ended, the combination of the long season — Cavs fans are hoping it’s longer this coming year — and the flu had Zeller down to just 238 pounds. Looking to gain around 20 of those pounds back this summer, he tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Mary Schmitt Boyer he was scarfing as many as 10 Krispy Kreme donuts in one sitting.

The difference between Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller and most of the rest of us is that he actually wanted to gain 20 pounds on vacation.

How else to explain the 10 Krispy Kreme donuts in one sitting?

Really. Ten.

“They’re so good,” he said, unabashedly. “If you get them hot….”

Yeah, yeah. We know.

“I ate about six in probably 10 minutes, maybe less,” he said.

Zeller’s donut diet worked, but with an important proviso for all you lanky ballers out there: he was sluggish. After his summer of donut delights — and despite a fast metobolism — Zeller ballooned 20 pounds and was 8 pounds over his playing weight earlier his rookie year.

“I’m not going to say I was fat, but I felt very out of shape,” Zeller said after the donut bonanza. “I had to transfer that into ‘good’ weight and muscle. Now I’m between 255-260, and I’m pretty happy with that, although I’m trying to gain more.”

Zeller took over as the starting center for the Cavs last season when Anderson Varejao went down with a quad injury and later experienced a life-threatening blood clot. Zeller started 55 games in Varejao’s absence and performed admirably with the increased workload, though far from an every day starter on a playoff contending team as the Cavs envision themselves this season.

In 26.4 MPG in his rookie year, Zeller averaged 7.9 PPG and 5.7 RPG while shooting a less-than-stellar 43.8 percent from the field. This season Varejao is back and the Cavs have another injury-plagued center on the roster in Andrew Bynum. Both Varejao and Bynum possess brittle bodies with neither able to suit up for a full season over the last few years, and with Bynum missing all of last season in Philadelphia.

So Zeller should watch his caloric intake this year despite riding the bench as the third center on the depth chart. The Cavs may need a svelte Zeller in the season’s second half.

How many games will Zeller start with both Bynum and Varejao injured?

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  • Chicagorilla

    Interesting that you label Ty Zellers 43.8FG% Less than steller, yet Demarcus Cousins FG% is 1% higher and he’s talked about as a top center in the league. It’s all about perspective I guess.

  • spencer

    Cousins shot 46.5 percent from the field last year and I’m not sure who is saying he’s a top center since he still can’t defend the P&R.

  • Chicagorilla

    Cousins has a career FG% of 44.8%. I’m sure you saw that when you went to check his stats. And since you saw that, you also know that he shot 43% his rookie year.

  • JAY

    He can’t guard the P&R, so that’s why he’s not a top center in the L?? Please, go ahead and name the centers who CAN guard the P&R.

  • Saleem Rainman

    damn. who comes on here to comment anymore?

  • Chicagorilla

    lmao, I used to be on here all the time.

  • Chicagorilla

    Jay,

    Taking a educated guess here but I believe he’s referring to Cousins lack of ability to “Show” on the PnR.

    Guys like Joakim Noah, Anderson Va=jay-jay, Tyson Chandler, and Serge Ibaka all do this very well.

  • Chicagorilla

    Jay,

    Taking a educated guess here but I believe he’s referring to Cousins lack of ability to “Show” on the PnR.

    Guys like Joakim Noah, Anderson Va=jay-jay, Tyson Chandler, and Serge Ibaka all do this very well.

  • Saleem Rainman

    yh i know, i was always a lurker. what ever happened to this place tho? it literally became extinct overnight

  • Chicagorilla

    it was that Biebernews kid. Can’t remember his name, but he was the most amazing troll in trolling history. he literally shut down the comment section because of all the changes that had to be made for security purposes.

  • Saleem Rainman

    y’all should come down to slamonline, at least there is a doable commenting system there…thats where i’ve migrated to lol