Ante Žižić

Ante Toni Žižić (Croatian pronunciation: [antɛ ʐǐːʐitɕ]; born 4 January 1997) is a Croatian professional basketball player for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL) and the Euroleague.[1] He was selected 23rd overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA draft.

Ante Žižić
Ante Žižić - Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets (cropped).jpg
Žižić with the Cavaliers in 2019
Anadolu Efes
PositionCenter
LeagueBSL
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 25)
Split, Croatia
NationalityCroatian
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight266 lb (121 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–2014Kaštela
2014–2016Cibona
2014Gorica
2016–2017Darüşşafaka
20172020Cleveland Cavaliers
2017–2018Canton Charge
2020–2022Maccabi Tel Aviv
2022–presentAnadolu Efes
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Professional careerEdit

Kaštela (2013–2014)Edit

Žižić's first team was KK Split, in the 2013–14 season, but he played for their junior team, in which he only played in 3 games. He then moved to the Cedevita Zagreb's junior team, and with them he played in 5 games.

Gorica (2014)Edit

To start the 2014–15 season, Žižić played for Gorica.

Cibona (2014–2016)Edit

Žižiće moved to Cibona Zagreb for the rest of the season. In that year, he averaged 7.4 points, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.9 blocks, in 15.5 minutes per game, in 25 games played in the Adriatic League. His breakout season was in the 2015–16 season.

He was named the 2015–16 ABA League season's Top Prospect. In that season, he averaged 12.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 24.8 minutes per game, in 26 games played in the Adriatic League.[2] He was also named to the European-wide 3rd-tier level FIBA Europe Cup's Starting Five Team of the 2015–16 season.

On 11 October 2016, Žižić was named the MVP of the fourth week of the 2016–17 ABA League season. After he scored 37 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, in Cibona's win against MZT Skopje Aerodrom, by the final score of 89–85, in a game that was decided after two overtimes.[3]

Darüşşafaka (2016–2017)Edit

On 27 December 2016, Žižić left Cibona, and signed with the Turkish team Darüşşafaka Doğuş, of the Turkish Super League.[4]

With Darüşşafaka, Žižić made his debut in the European top-tier level, the EuroLeague, on 30 December 2016, in an 81–77 road loss against FC Barcelona. In his first EuroLeague game, Žižić had 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.[5]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2017–2020)Edit

Žižić was selected with the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, by the Boston Celtics.[6]

On 1 July 2017, Žižić signed with the Boston Celtics.[7] Before even suiting up for a single regular-season game for the Celtics, Žižić was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers alongside Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and the Brooklyn Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round pick for Kyrie Irving on 22 August 2017.[8] However, eight days after the trade was first confirmed, the Celtics would also add a 2020 second-round pick from the Miami Heat in order to fully complete the deal to satisfy Cleveland's worries involving Isaiah Thomas' hip injury. [9]

Žižić spent time with the Canton Charge during his rookie season. On 11 March, he scored 15 points and recorded 7 rebounds (both career-highs) in a loss to Los Angeles Lakers. In the last game of the regular season, he scored 20 points and recorded 7 rebounds. The Cavaliers made it to the 2018 NBA Finals, but lost the series 4-0 to the Golden State Warriors.

Maccabi Tel Aviv (2020–2022)Edit

On 25 August 2020, Žižić signed a two-year deal with Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv.[10] In 2020-21, he led the league with a .699 field goal percentage, and was 10th in the Euroleague with 0.8 blocks per game.[11][12]

On 9 May 2022, during a game against Hapoel Haifa, Žižić lost consciousness after hitting his head on the ground. He was rushed to a hospital and regained consciousness later that night.[13][14]

On 21 June 2022, Žižić officially parted ways with the Israeli club after two seasons.[15]

Anadolu Efes (2022–present)Edit

On 22 June 2022, Žižić signed a three-year (2+1) contract with Turkish club Anadolu Efes, the reigning back-to-back EuroLeague champions.[16]

National team careerEdit

Žižić played with the junior national teams of Croatia. With Croatia's junior national teams, he played at the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, the 2014 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, where he won a bronze medal, and at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, where he won a silver medal.

Personal lifeEdit

 
Žižić at a U16 tournament in 2013

Žižić's older brother, Andrija, was also a professional basketball player. The two brothers were teammates at Cibona Zagreb, in the 2015–16 season.[17] His older brother played in 107 EuroLeague games, with Cibona Zagreb, FC Barcelona, Olympiacos, and Panathinaikos, and he also won a EuroLeague championship with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Cleveland 32 2 6.7 .731 .724 1.9 .2 .1 .4 3.7
2018–19 Cleveland 59 25 18.3 .553 .705 5.4 .9 .2 .4 7.8
2019–20 Cleveland 22 0 10.0 .569 .737 3.0 .3 .3 .2 4.4
Career 113 27 13.4 .581 .711 3.9 .6 .2 .4 6.0

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018 Cleveland 8 0 2.9 .500 - .500 .8 .1 .0 .1 1.6
Career 8 0 2.9 .500 - .500 .8 .1 .0 .1 1.6

EuroLeagueEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2016–17 Darüşşafaka 20 17 21.9 .649 .000 .643 6.7 .4 .2 .8 9.0 13.3
2020–21 Maccabi 34 30 19.5 .589 .000 .771 5.4 .7 .4 .8 9.1 11.4

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Anadolu Efes Spor Kulübü". m.anadoluefessk.org. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  2. ^ "2015/16 Top Prospect: Ante Žižić". ABA-Liga.com. 9 March 2016. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Round 4 MVP: Ante Žižić (Cibona)". ABA-Liga.com. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Darussafaka Dogus signs Ante Zizic". Sportando.com. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  5. ^ FC BARCELONA LASSA 81 DARUSSAFAKA DOGUS ISTANBUL 77 DECEMBER 30, 2016.
  6. ^ "Boston Celtics 2016 Draft Results". NBA.com. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Celtics Sign Jayson Tatum, Ante Zizic". NBA.com. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Celtics Acquire Four-Time All-Star Kyrie Irving". NBA.com. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Kyrie Irving trade finalized with Celtics adding 2020 2nd-round pick". 30 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Ante Zizic is officially a newcomer of Maccabi Tel Aviv". Sportando. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Israeli Super League - 2020-21 Standings and Stats".
  12. ^ "Euroleague Stats - RealGM".
  13. ^ "Ante Zizic rushed to the hospital after a head injury". Eurohoops. 9 May 2022. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  14. ^ "Ex-NBA first-round pick suffers head injury after scary fall in Israeli basketball game, sends fans message". Fox News. 10 May 2022. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  15. ^ "Ante Zizic officially leaves Maccabi Tel Aviv". Sportando. 21 June 2022. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  16. ^ "Ante Zizic Anadolu Efes'te" (in Turkish). Anadolu Efes. 22 June 2022. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  17. ^ "Brother vs. Brother, Andrija vs. Ante" (in Croatian). Slobodna Dalmacija. 10 May 2013.

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