Ivica Zubac
Ivica Zubac
24-Year-Old CenterC
Los Angeles Clippers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Clippers in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

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).

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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.

Totals 14 points, seven boards
CLos Angeles Clippers
April 29, 2021
Zubac finished Wednesday's loss to the Suns with 14 points (7-9 FG), seven rebounds and three assists over 25 minutes.
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Zubac made valuable contributions as both a scorer and rebounder, though the Clippers ultimately fell short against the team immediately ahead of them in the Western Conference standings. The big man continues to be a steady but unspectacular presence in the middle for Los Angeles, averaging 11.8 points and 7.6 boards while shooting 66.3 percent from the field over his past 11 games.
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2019

Zubac started 70 of his 72 appearances with the Clippers during his first full season with the team in 2019-20. In 18.4 minutes per game, he averaged 8.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists. In the NBA ranks, Zubac finished eighth in true shooting percentage (65.1), seventh in total rebound percentage (21.3), 12th in block percentage (4.4), first in offensive rating (133.5), 14th in defensive rating (104.7) and fourth in win shares per 48 minutes (.241). He also racked up 10 double-doubles. During the fourth game of the season -- a win over the Hornets on Oct. 28 -- Zubac blocked a season-high five shots to go along with seven points, six rebounds and one assist. Zubac dished a season-high four assists Nov. 16 in a win over the Hawks, and he reached that mark two more times during the season. He grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds during a game against the Kings on Feb. 22, and he got to that mark two more times during the campaign. On Aug. 6, in a win over the Mavericks during seeding play during the NBA bubble, Zubac scored a season-high 21 points, adding 15 rebounds, one assist and one block. Against the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, Zubac averaged 11.2 points and 7.0 rebounds. In round two against the Nuggets, the center averaged 7.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Arguably Zubac's best playoff performance was Game 3 against Dallas, and he recorded 15 points (6-8 FG, 3-4 FT), six rebounds and one block.

2018

Zubac began his third NBA season with the Los Angeles Lakers before being traded to the Clippers midway through the season. The 7-foot-1 center initially rose to prominence for the Lakers in December, when he enjoyed a three-game run in which he averaged 17.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks blocks per game while shooting 78.1 percent from the field between Dec. 21 and Dec. 27. Zubac had 26 points and 12 rebounds in a win over the Thunder on Jan. 17. Four games later, he went for 24 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in a win over the Suns. Less than a month later, on Feb. 7, Zubac was traded to the Clippers, along with Michael Beasley, in exchange for Mike Muscala. The trade immediately paid dividends for the Clippers as Zubac produced 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in his debut Feb. 9. Zubac started all but one game for the rest of the regular season and posted averages of 9.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 20.1 minutes per game in a Clippers uniform. In the postseason, Zubac appeared in four of the Clippers' six first-round games against the Warriors. In Game 3 of the series, Zubac had 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go with 15 rebounds, one steal and one block in 17 minutes of action.

2017

Ivica Zubac's sophomore campaign started much the same as his rookie season. He posted solid numbers in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 10.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in eight games. The 7-foot-1 center then spent much of the early part of the season in the G League, where he averaged 21.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 14 contests with the South Bay Lakers. Zubac played 43 games in the NBA with Los Angeles, though his minutes dropped to 9.5 per contest. Still, he showed he could play at a high level when he did see the court. As evidence, he notched per-36-minute averages of 14.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Zubac also shot 50.0 percent from the field and 76.5 percent from the free-throw line during the campaign. He registered one double-double -- a 19-point, 11-rebound performance against Minnesota during which he went a perfect 8-for-8 from the field. Zubac dished a career-high six assists against San Antonio on April 4, adding eight points in the victory. On April 11, he collected a season-high three blocks in a win over the crosstown Clippers.

2016

Ivica Zubac was selected with the 32nd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He made a strong impression in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in five games. Zubac spent much of his rookie campaign with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League. In 14 games with the D-Fenders, he averaged 15.8 points and 9.7 rebounds while shooting 58.4 percent from the field. The 7-foot-1 center made his NBA debut against Atlanta on Nov. 2. He played 19 minutes in the win, totaling six points and four rebounds. On Jan. 17, he recorded the first double-double of his career with a 11-point, 13-rebound effort against Denver. He notched back-to-back double-doubles on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26, tallying 28 points and 20 rebounds in the pair of contests. Zubac's finest game came against the Nuggets on March 13 when he scored a career-high 25 points and secured 11 rebounds while converting 12-of-15 field-goal attempts. He followed that performance with five double-digit scoring efforts in his next eight games before an ankle sprain ended his season early.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2nd round (32nd pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2016
    Signed a rookie contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • February 7, 2019
    Traded by the Los Angeles Lakers with Michael Beasley to the Los Angeles Clippers for Mike Muscala.
  • July 10, 2019
    Signed a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Strong performance vs. Grizzlies
CLos Angeles Clippers
April 22, 2021
Zubac supplied 18 points (6-11 FG, 6-8 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 117-105 win over the Grizzlies.
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Puts up 13 points Sunday
CLos Angeles Clippers
April 18, 2021
Zubac notched 13 points (5-7 FG, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, an assist and a block across 22 minutes in Sunday's win over the Timberwolves.
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Posts another double-double
CLos Angeles Clippers
April 14, 2021
Zubac delivered 18 points (6-10 FG, 6-7 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block across 32 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Pistons.
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Hands out seven dimes in victory
CLos Angeles Clippers
April 12, 2021
Zubac closed with 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-6 FT), 10 rebounds, seven assists and one block in 35 minutes during Sunday's 131-124 victory over Detroit.
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Steady production
CLos Angeles Clippers
April 10, 2021
Zubac scored 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT) and grabbed seven boards in 23 minutes during Friday's 126- 109 win over the Rockets.
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