Ivica Zubac (/ /; Croatian: [iʋit͡sa zubat͡s]; born 18 March 1997) is a Croatian professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round in the 2016 NBA draft. He played for the Lakers until the 2019 trade deadline when he was traded to the Clippers.
|No. 40 – Los Angeles Clippers|
|Born||March 18, 1997|
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||241 lb (109 kg)|
|NBA draft||2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|2016–2019||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2016–2018||→Los Angeles D-Fenders / South Bay Lakers|
|2019–present||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Zubac came through the youth ranks of Cibona and then played for Zrinjevac in the second Croatian division during the 2013–14 season. He made the roster of Cibona's men's team the following season, becoming a part of a group of prospects including Nik Slavica and Ante Žižić after the departure of Dario Šarić. He played in Croatia's top-tier level A-1 League and the ABA League his first year, and also saw action in the FIBA Europe Cup his second year. In February 2016, he left Cibona because of the financial difficulties of the team, and signed with Mega Leks of Serbia.
Los Angeles Lakers (2016–2019)Edit
Rookie season (2016–17)Edit
On June 23, 2016, Zubac was selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. On July 7, he signed with the Lakers and joined the team for the 2016 NBA Summer League. Zubac made his NBA debut on November 2, 2016, scoring six points as the fill-in starter for Timofey Mozgov, as the Lakers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 123–116. After appearing in only 10 NBA games over the first half of the season, Zubac had a season-best game on January 17, 2017 against the Denver Nuggets. He put together his first double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down a team-high 13 rebounds. He also had three blocked shots in the 127–121 loss. On March 12, 2017, he had 10 points, six rebounds and a season-high four blocked shots in a 118–116 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The following night, he had a season-best game with a career-best 25 points on 12-of-15 shooting to go with 11 rebounds in a 129–101 loss to the Denver Nuggets. On March 31, 2017, he was ruled out for the rest of the season with a high ankle sprain in his right ankle. During his rookie season, Zubac had multiple assignments with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers' D-League affiliate.
On January 17, 2019, Zubac scored a career-high 26 points along with 12 rebounds including a career-high 6 offensive rebounds against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 138–128 overtime win.
Los Angeles Clippers (2019–present)Edit
On February 7, 2019, Zubac and Michael Beasley were traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Mike Muscala. Zubac became a key member for the Clippers during the final stretch of the season, eventually reaching the playoffs for the first time in his career with them.
On February 22, 2020, Zubac posted a season-high 15 rebounds in 20 minutes of play against the Sacramento Kings. In a win over the Houston Rockets, Zubac shot a perfect 6 for 6 from the field and made a season-high 17 points, while also collecting 12 rebounds and blocking 1 shot on March 5th. On August 6, 2020, Zubac posted 21 points and 15 rebounds on 100% shooting in 24 minutes on the court in the 126–111 win against the Dallas Mavericks. This made Zubac the first player in the shot clock era to accomplish 20+ points and 15+ rebounds on 100% shooting in under 30 minutes’ play time.
National team careerEdit
Zubac represented the Croatian junior national team during the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship. He averaged 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds a contest during the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Greece, while receiving All-World Championship Under-19 Second Team honors from the European basketball website eurobasket.com. Zubac averaged double digits in scoring (15.8 points per game) and rebounding (12.9 rebounds per game), to go along with 3.0 blocks per game at the 2015 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, while making the all-tournament second team (as selected by eurobasket.com).
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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||Bold||Career high|
- "Ivica Zubac | FIBA Europe Cup". FIBAEurope.com. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
- "Zubac posvađao Cibonu i Cedevitu, a potpisao za Mega Leks". Novosti.rs (in Serbian). 16 February 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
- "Lakers Draft Ivica Zubac with 32nd Overall Pick". NBA.com. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
- "Lakers Sign Clarkson, Deng, and Zubac". NBA.com. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
- "Williams lifts Lakers to 123-116 comeback win over Hawks". ESPN.com. 2 November 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- "Jokic scores 29, Nuggets hold off struggling Lakers 127-121". ESPN.com. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- "Ivica Zubac 2016-17 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
- Ramirez, Joey (13 March 2017). "Zubac Shines Despite Loss to Denver". NBA.com. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
- "Ivica Zubac Injury Update". NBA.com. 31 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
- "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- "L.A. Clippers Acquire Ivica Zubac And Michael Beasley". NBA.com. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- "Clippers' Ivica Zubac: Season-high 15 boards in loss". cbssports.com. 24 February 2020.
- "Clippers' Ivica Zubac: Perfect from field". cbssports.com. 6 March 2020.
- "Ivica Zubac is ready to take his game to the next level". clipsnation.com. 7 August 2020.
- "Ivica Zubac | U16 European Championship Men (2013) | FIBA Europe". FIBAEurope.com. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
- "Ivica ZUBAC at the Players of the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship - FIBA.com". FIBA.com. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
- "World Championships U19 2015 - Men Basketball". Eurobasket.com. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
- "Ivica Zubac | U18 Europe Championship Men - Division A". FIBAEurope.com. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
- "European Championships U18 2015 - Men Basketball". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 1 April 2016.