Better situation: Zeller or Oladipo?

Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller have had very different rookie seasons. Whose has been more beneficial?

Here's a question you probably haven't heard this year: Has Victor Oladipo or Cody Zeller had a better rookie season?

By the numbers, it's fairly obvious. Oladipo is averaging 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in Orlando. Zeller is averaging 5.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in Charlotte.

But I'd argue Zeller has had a more beneficial rookie season than has Oladipo. Why? Well, the Bobcats are right in the playoff race in the Eastern Conference, and Zeller has had the opportunity to learn behind guys like Al Jefferson, who is underappreciated but has had a monster season.

The Bobcats are currently 33-36, and if the playoffs started today, they'd be the seven-seed in the East. OK, so that would mean they'd face a first-round matchup against the Miami Heat and would be out early, but still. A playoff appearance would be valuable to the young Zeller, who has played better of late.

Oladipo, on the other hand, has put up good numbers and played heavy minutes, but hasn't had the chance to learn from a talented veteran at the position. Jameer Nelson has valuable experience, but he's past his prime and can help Oladipo more with his words than his actions.

I always wonder how much can be gained from a season full of losses. The Magic are 19-50, giving them the third-worst record in the entire league. They've lost seven games in a row.

My opinion is that Zeller has had a more valuable rookie season, despite his lesser numbers. But it's certainly up for debate. What do you think? Share your thoughts in our Premium Basketball Forum. Top Stories