Ivica Zubac

Ivica Zubac

26-Year-Old CenterC
Los Angeles Clippers
Out
Injury Illness
Est. Return 3/1/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Zubac has improved almost every season, culminating in a career year in 2022-23. The big man set career highs in points, rebounds and blocks, averaging 10.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks on 63 percent shooting. Those are the numbers you want to see from one of your centers, but the upside is limited when looking at this roster. It's hard to see Zu getting anywhere near 15 points per game as long as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are on this team because the big man attempted just 6.8 shots per game last year. That's amazingly a career-high as well, but it's becoming clear that he is not expected to provide much offense with the depth of this roster. His role in this rotation can also be frustrating for fantasy managers. This Clippers team loves to run small, limiting the big man's minutes over the years. He played a career-high 28.6 minutes last year but saw a dip once Russell Westbrook joined the team. There's also a chance that KJ Martin and Marcus Morris will steal some center minutes while Mason Plumlee remains in his 18-minute bench role. The 2022-23 season looks like the ceiling for Zubac, but that still makes him a worthy option in the late rounds of your fantasy draft. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $32.8 million contract with the Clippers in June of 2022.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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.

Won't play Wednesday
CLos Angeles Clippers
Illness
February 28, 2024
Zubac (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game versus the Lakers, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
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Zubac has been downgraded from questionable to out Wednesday due to a non-COVID illness. Daniel Theis will start in his absence. Zubac's next chance to suit up is Friday's matchup with Washington.
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How does Ivica Zubac compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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66.8%
 
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65.5%
 
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33.4%
 
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13.4%
 
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26.2%
 
Total Rebound %
20.0%
 
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7.0%
 
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0.4%
 
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4.2%
 
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10.2%
 
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16.5%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
28.6
 
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CLos Angeles Clippers
September 18, 2023
Zubac is a critical component of the Clippers' offensive actions, generating 1.18 team points per possession on 20.8 ball screens for the team's key scorers, via NBA.com.
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Zubac screening for Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Terance Mann and Norman Powell yields efficiency well above the league-average 1.004 points-per-possession mark. The 7-footer is well-regarded for his rebounding prowess and rim protection, but his screening, as well as his personal 1.285 points-per-possession as a roll man, gives him real two-way productivity.
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Zubac became the Clippers' full-time starting center last season, and he put together a career year with Kawhi Leonard out for the entire campaign. In 24.4 minutes per game, Zubac averaged 10.3 points on 62.6 percent shooting, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 combined blocks-plus-steals. He's one of the better offensive rebounders in the NBA, with his 12.1 offensive rebounding percentage (4.2 ORB per 36 minutes) ranking in the 84th percentile for big men. Overall, the center ranked 131st in per-game fantasy production, making him a viable bench option in standard leagues, with center being a position of scarcity. Given Zubac's chance of being the Clippers' only center on the roster after training camp, he boasts a sturdy floor for next season. It's unlikely he sees minutes in the high-20s to low-30s consistently, however, as the team projects to often utilize small-ball lineups with Robert Covington, Marcus Morris or Nicolas Batum at center. Ultimately, fantasy managers should expect Zubac to be a back-end center option in most formats, though he's better suited for deep leagues given his minimal upside.
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.
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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Added to injury report
CLos Angeles Clippers
Illness
February 28, 2024
Zubac is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Lakers due to an illness, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
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Records double-double in loss
CLos Angeles Clippers
February 22, 2024
Zubac totaled 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds, one assist and one block across 29 minutes during Thursday's 129-107 loss to the Thunder.
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No longer on minutes restriction
CLos Angeles Clippers
February 22, 2024
Coach Tyronn Lue said before Thursday's game against Oklahoma City that Zubac is no longer on a minutes restriction, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Remaining on minutes restriction
CLos Angeles Clippers
February 10, 2024
Coach Tyronn Lue said Zubac will still be on a minutes restriction for Saturday's game versus the Pistons and next week against Minnesota and Golden State, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Set to play against New Orleans
CLos Angeles Clippers
February 6, 2024
Zubac (calf) isn't on the injury report for Wednesday's game versus the Pelicans, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.
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