Ivica Zubac
Ivica Zubac
22-Year-Old CenterC
Los Angeles Clippers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Clippers in July of 2019.
Almost double-doubles in victory
CLos Angeles Clippers
October 14, 2019
Zubac contributed 10 points (3-4 FG, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, two blocks, and one steal in 20 minutes during Sunday's 118-100 preseason victory over Melbourne United.
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Zubac came within two rebounds of a double-double Sunday, adding three defensive stats in the 18 point victory. Unlike JaMychal Green, Zubac is locked in for a consistent role and could have backend value depending on your team's needs. can provide blocks and rebounds, while shooting with decent efficiency from both the field and the free-throw line.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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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Comes off bench Thursday
CLos Angeles Clippers
October 11, 2019
Zubac collected 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 14 minutes during the Clippers' 111-91 preseason loss to the Nuggets on Thursday.
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Plays 18 minutes in Friday's loss
CLos Angeles Clippers
October 4, 2019
Zubac contributed 10 points (4-5 FG 2-4 FT), five rebounds, and two blocks in 18 minutes during Friday's 109-96 preseason loss to the Rockets.
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Plans to shoot more threes
CLos Angeles Clippers
September 29, 2019
Zubac said Sunday that he plans to show off his expanded shooting range this season, Tomer Azarly of Clutch Points reports. "I'll be shooting more three-pointers this year," Zubac said. "I've been working on my shot all summer."
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Returning to Clippers
CLos Angeles Clippers
July 6, 2019
Zubac agreed Saturday to a four-year, $28 million deal with the Clippers Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Becomes restricted free agent
CLos Angeles Clippers
June 28, 2019
Zubac was extended a qualifying offer by the Clippers on Friday, making him a restricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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