Ivica Zubac

Ivica Zubac

25-Year-Old CenterC
Los Angeles Clippers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Zubac continued to improve during his second full season with the Clippers, posting career-high minutes (22.3) and points (9.0) per game last year while shooting a personal best 65.2 percent from the field. The 24-year-old's biggest strength has been his reliability as he hasn't missed a regular season game over the past two seasons. Despite placing 157th in fantasy scoring on a per-game basis, Zubac finished last season 100th overall in fantasy scoring. The fifth-year center will offer consistent production on a nightly basis, something that is hard to come by in the current state of the NBA. A healthy Serge Ibaka during the 2021-22 campaign may hinder Zubac's playing time, but it won't have a devastating effect on his bottom line. Zubac remains worth a look in 12-team leagues thanks to his efficient scoring and big rebounding numbers. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Clippers in July of 2019. Contract includes $7.52 million team option for 2022-23.
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Ivica Zubac was born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to Ivan and Dijana Zubac. Ivica inherited his tall stature from his parents, who stand 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-2, respectively. He has two brothers, Mario and Antonio, who have also played competitive basketball. He also has a sister, Maria Andejela. Zubac's cousin, Zoran Planinic, played in the NBA for the Nets from 2003-06. Though Zubac was born in Bosnia & Herzegovina, he is a naturalized Croatian. He played with the Croatian junior national team during the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship and during the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Greece. Learn more about Zubac by following him on Twitter and Instagram (@ivicazubac). Zubac came up through the Croatian basketball system. He played for the youth teams of Cibona Zagreb and KK Zrinjavec Zagreb in 2013-14. The 7-foot-1 center made his debut with Cibona's senior team the following season. He appeared in 12 games and provided 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game. His minutes increased incrementally in his second season, but he left Cibona due to financial difficulties. Zubac subsequently signed with Mega Bemax of Serbia. He put up 13.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 24.5 minutes over six games. The center has also represented Croatia in FIBA International competition. He played in the 2013 Under-16 Championship and starred for his home country in the Under-19 Championship in Greece. Zubac averaged 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds and was honored by being named to the All-World Championship Second Team. He was chosen with the 32nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Double-doubles in victory
CLos Angeles Clippers
April 10, 2022
Zubac chipped in 15 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds and two assists across 25 minutes during Saturday's 117-98 victory over the Kings.
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Zubac's fantasy impact is threatened by Isaiah Hartenstein on a nightly basis, but the starter bested his teammate in Saturday's victory. Saturday marked Zubac's third consecutive double-double, which came after a string of below-average stat lines. His regression over that span was largely due to Hartenstein's excellent play, but the recent numbers indicate a pendulum swing back in Zubac's direction.
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Minutes not expected to take hit
CLos Angeles Clippers
March 9, 2020
Zubac's playing time isn't likely to be affected to any appreciable degree due to the Clippers' signing of Joakim Noah on Monday.
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Los Angeles inked the 35-year-old Noah to a 10-day contract Monday, with Kurt Helin of ProBasketBallTalk.com reporting the veteran is likely to get a second such deal, at minimum. However, Helin also relays the blueprint for Noah's role with the Clippers will very likely be based on that of his time with the Grizzlies last season, when he averaged 16.5 minutes per game in the latter portion of the campaign. Now that Noah's a year older and has chronic knee issues, coach Doc Rivers may not even afford the big man as much playing time, which should leave Zubac's current 18.0 minutes per contest largely intact, if not untouched.
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Zubac logged a career-high 18.4 minutes and personal bests in points (8.3) and field-goal percentage (61.3) in 2019-20 while starting all but two games. Zubac posted 12 double-doubles on the season, topped off by a 21-point, 15-rebound eruption against Dallas in the Orlando bubble. Though Zubac was the team's starting center, Montrezl Harrell logged the most minutes at center while coming off the bench. Over the final 21 games of the season and playoffs, Zubac averaged 23.3 minutes, 9.7 points and 8.3 boards. He'll likely play a similar role in 2020-21, and while he'll post the occasional big game, his upside is limited by the presence of Serge Ibaka this season, with Harrell moving to the Lakers. Regardless, Zubac will be worth a look in 12-team leagues this season thanks to his shooting and rebounding.
After being dealt from the Lakers to the Clippers at last season's trade deadline, Zubac operated as the team's full-time starting center for the final stretch of the season. In those 26 appearances, Zubac averaged 9.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 20.2 minutes per game, all of which would be career-highs. With production like that in fairly limited minutes, his per 36 averages of 16.8 points and 13.7 rebounds per game certainly jump off the page. His play impressed the Clippers and resulted in the big man signing a four-year, $28 million contract with LA this offseason, and his role should remain relatively unchanged. While Zubac will most likely be the starter given the success he had in the role last season, Montrezl Harrell, who put together a breakout campaign in 2018-19, may end up closing games out for the Clippers. That, on top of JaMychal Green potentially operating as a small-ball five at times, will put a cap on the 22-year-old's upside heading into his fourth NBA season, but he should still be good for at least 20 minutes per game in Los Angeles.
Zubac split time between the NBA and the G-League last season, seeing 410 minutes in Los Angeles and 419 minutes in South Bay. Though he averaged just 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in the NBA, he was able to post 21.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in the G-League while shooting 61.0 percent from the field. He also made sure to knock down an impressive 86.0 percent of his free throws. This year, he should have an opportunity to see more run at the NBA level with Brook Lopez moving on to Milwaukee and Julius Randle playing in New Orleans. The duo was replaced by JaVale McGee, who averaged fewer than 10 minutes per game last year, and late-first-round pick Mo Wagner. Still, it remains somewhat of a longshot that he ends up Fantasy relevant in standard formats.
As a 19-year-old foreign center selected by the Lakers early in the second round last June, Zubac seemed like a prime candidate to be stashed overseas for a year or two before coming stateside, but the Bosnian-born big man made the surprising decision sign with Los Angeles and head to the NBA right away. With Timofey Mozgov and Tarik Black opening the campaign as the first- and second-team centers, respectively, Zubac rarely saw the floor outside of garbage time through the first two and a half months of his rookie campaign. After Mozgov wore out his welcome by mid-January, however, Zubac was given a chance to stake a claim to a rotation spot, and quickly made an impression with his advanced mid-range game and touch near the basket. He reeled off three double-doubles in a five-game span at one point in January and finished the season with averages of 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 16.0 minutes per game across 38 appearances. Zubac continued to impress during the offseason as a member of the Lakers' Las Vegas Summer League entry and should enter the 2017-18 season as the team's No. 2 center behind Brook Lopez, who was acquired in June. Zubac still has a ways to go defensively before the Lakers will hand the starting reins to him for good, but with Lopez bound for free agency next summer, there's a path to meaningful minutes for the young center in the not-too-distant future.
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Posts double-double Wednesday
CLos Angeles Clippers
April 7, 2022
Zubac recorded 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 113-109 victory over the Suns.
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Big double-double in victory
CLos Angeles Clippers
April 4, 2022
Zubac recorded 16 points (7-9 FG, 2-3 FT), 14 rebounds, one assist and one block over 25 minutes during Sunday's 119-100 victory over the Pelicans.
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Narrowly misses double-double
CLos Angeles Clippers
April 1, 2022
Zubac racked up 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-1 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and one steal over 32 minutes during Thursday's 135-130 overtime loss to the Bulls.
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Big double-double despite loss
CLos Angeles Clippers
March 14, 2022
Zubac racked up 24 points (10-15 FG, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks across 36 minutes before fouling out of Monday's 120-111 overtime loss to the Cavaliers.
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Grabs 15 boards in double-double
CLos Angeles Clippers
March 13, 2022
Zubac ended Sunday's 106-102 win over the Pistons with 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-4 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal over 30 minutes.
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