OH HELL YEH! We should TOTALLY tank for Zeller, he's totally going to pan out to be a superstar a la Kobe, LeBron, Wade, Durant, CP3, etc. Instant offense, instant leadership, instant Hoosier recognition (thus tickets sold). I mean, look at Charlotte! Worst record in the league last year, now they're killing the league with Anthony Davis! Greatest idea ever, I can't believe I didn't think of it sooner.
The Indiana Pacers will never win a draft lottery, tanking or not, worst record or not, trading their best player(s) for **** or not, as long as David Stern is still running the draft (which means, up until next year).
However, what makes you think Zeller isn't going to stick around IU, especially if they don't win the championship? Then we'll have tanked for no reason. Zeller already stayed one year, maybe he's one of those idiots who stays to get his degree, only to get drafted, not show up mentally, and disappoint most people who support him despite his "championship experience" and "hustle" and "beast mode" nature (Hansbro).
Maybe in 2-3 years (when we still haven't won a championship, when Cody finally graduates, and when David Stern is no longer in office), we can trade all our best players (Granger, PG, Hibbert, Hill, whoever is "best" then) to the Lakers or Heat or Celtics or something awesome, for some really bad draft picks. Then we can fail the rest of the season so our draft pick skies. When we maybe, possibly, finally win the draft lottery, we can rebuild this team (again), this time around your superstar Cody Zeller, and see how we do for the next 4-8 years.
Seriously, people, tanking is despicable. Why waste a whole season playing competitive basketball, completely losing the fanbase they worked so hard to gain, just to RISK getting a draft pick high enough to pick some Hoosier? One whose career would likely be overshadowed by the fact that the Pacers picked him with the #1 pick, and Detroit stole Shabazz Muhammad at #2, who ended up becoming the next prodigious incarnation of the "superstar" class. That would be our luck. Do you understand how this works now? Just play good basketball, trade for a decent pick, and let some other team **** up their own season to make us better.