Cody Zeller

Cody Zeller

Cody Zeller is an American NBA player. Discover everything about him, including his size, family, jersey, shoes, and salary.
Cody Zeller
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Biography of Cody Zeller

Cody Zeller is an American basketball player playing in the NBA at the pivot position. He was born on October 5, 1992 in Washington, Indiana (USA). His height is 2m11. He plays for the New Orleans Pelicans.


Cody Zeller is the son of Steve Zeller and Lorri Zeller. He comes from a basketball family, his two older brothers also having played professionally in the NBA. Cody Zeller’s mother, Lorri Zeller, is Vice President of Administration at DistinXion, a non-profit organization founded by the Zeller family. This foundation specializes in integrating character building and sports to strengthen family bonds. Cody’s father, Steve Zeller, is vice president of basketball at DistinXion.

Successive teams

Here’s the evolution of Cody Zeller, from his beginnings to the present day.

High school

Cody Zeller shined in his first year of high school, contributing to the Class 3A state championship with the Washington Hatchets. His performances improved each year, culminating in an average of 24.6 points and 13.1 rebounds as a senior. He won three state titles and was named Indiana Mr. Basketball, a distinction also earned by his older brothers.


Zeller chose to play for Indiana University, turning down offers from North Carolina and Butler. Nicknamed “The Big Handsome” at IU, he led the Hoosiers to a dramatic improvement in their record, contributing to their NCAA success. After two remarkable seasons, he decided to enter the 2013 NBA draft.


Drafted fourth by the Charlotte Bobcats, Zeller signed his rookie contract and quickly showed his potential. After several seasons with the Bobcats/Hornets, marked by improving performances and injuries, he signed with the Portland TrailBlazers, then briefly with the Utah Jazz, before joining the Miami Heat. With the Florida franchise, he reached the NBA Finals for the first time in his career. On July 6, 2023, Zeller signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, adding a new chapter to his NBA career.

Playing style

Cody Zeller stands out for his solid inside game. He’s effective near the basket, using his size and agility. His ability to finish actions near the circle is remarkable. On defense, he blocks opposing shots well. Zeller excels at playing without the ball, positioning himself astutely. He is a good rebounder, both offensively and defensively. For a player in his position, his mobility is an asset. He also knows how to play off the ball. His work ethic and energy are contagious. Zeller contributes to his team’s play with his game intelligence.

Cody Zeller in NBA 2K

Cody Zeller debuted with a score of 68 in NBA 2K14 with the Charlotte Bobcats. His performance improved over time, reaching 75 with the Charlotte Hornets in NBA 2K15. His score continued to rise, stabilizing around 76 to 79 in subsequent editions. In NBA 2K21 and NBA 2K20, her score was 79 with the Charlotte Hornets. In NBA 2K22, it dropped slightly to 77 with the Portland Trail Blazers. In NBA 2K23, with the Miami Heat, the score was 74. In the latest edition, NBA 2K24, with the New Orleans Pelicans, its rating is 73.

Cody Zeller NBA jersey (New Orleans Pelicans)

Cody Zeller’s official NBA jersey is in stock at the NBA Store. It is available in three different colors.

Cody Zeller’s salary

In 2024, Cody Zeller earns $3,196,448 with the New Orleans Pelicans.