Ante Zizic
22-Year-Old CenterC
Injury Foot
Est. Return 10/23/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In his second NBA season, Zizic had the opportunity to play extended minutes with a Cavaliers team focused on the development of their young talent. The 22-year-old ended up appearing in 59 games for Cleveland last season and made 25 starts, averaging 7.8 points and 5.4 rebounds across 18.3 minutes per game. He was also efficient, making 55.3 percent of his shots from the field while more than doubling his attempts from his rookie season. Unless the Cavaliers feel like they have a team that can compete in the Eastern Conference, and therefore would give the likes of Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love heavier workloads, Zizic should get the opportunity to expand on his development in his third season as Cleveland continues to watch its young core grow. However, with Larry Nance Jr. and John Henson also in the fold, Zizic's minutes likely won't be much higher, if at all higher, than they were last season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.88 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2017. Traded to the Cavaliers in August of 2017. Cavaliers exercised $2.28 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Officially out
CCleveland Cavaliers
October 15, 2019
Zizic (foot) won't play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Celtics.
Zizic is set to miss Cleveland's final exhibition due to a left foot injury. He'll have over a week to get ready for the regular-season opener Oct. 23 against Orlando.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Zizic took the floor for just 32 games as a rookie in 2017-18 after being dealt to the Cavaliers from the Celtics in the Kyrie Irving trade. Considering the lack of games played and meager per game average of 6.7 minutes, he was unsurprisingly avoidable in all Fantasy formats. He did, however, show some upside in 18 G-League games, averaging 16.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. While LeBron James is no longer on the roster, the Cavaliers do bring back Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, so Zizic will still struggle to get more than just a few spot minutes most nights. Look for him to spend another season in a developmental capacity and he could see some action in the G-League as well.
Draft-and-stash pick Zizic was selected by the Celtics with the 23rd overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, spending last season developing overseas with a Turkish club in high-level Euroleague. He averaged 9.0 points and 6.7 rebounds across 21.9 minutes there and was fully expected to come Stateside and join the Celtics for the upcoming season. However, with Kyrie Irving being traded to Boston, Zizic was part of the haul brought back to Cleveland, including Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder. Zizic showed some promise during seven Summer League starts at center, as he posted 8.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Zizic’s scoring opportunities, when on the floor, will come from put backs and hustle plays. If he sees the court, it will be for rim protection and rebounding. The 6-11 center also averaged 1.1 blocks in Utah and Las Vegas, an encouraging sign for his development. Still, with Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and Channing Frye all expected to get minutes at center, Zizic could have a tough time finding a significant role during his rookie season. It seems more realistic that he'll spend a bunch of time in the G-League if he ultimately makes the Cavaliers' regular-season roster, keeping him off the Fantasy radar.
Zizic was the second of the Celtics' draft-and-stash picks in the 2016 NBA Draft, with the 6-foot-11 center from Croatia coming off the board at No. 23 overall. At 19 years old, Zizic could very well remain overseas for multiple years, but for a team with few core frontcourt players on the NBA roster beyond Al Horford, he makes for a justifiable project. Despite his youth, Zizic has already made waves in the Adriatic League. Suiting up this past season for Cibona Zagreb, Zizic produced averages of 13.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 25.7 minutes per game while shooting 63.9 percent from the field and 70 percent from the charity stripe. To put that production in perspective, Nikola Jokic, who emerged as one of the top rookies in the league last season with the Nuggets, averaged 11.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 25.0 minutes per game as a 19-year-old in the Adriatic League. Jokic has a three-point shooting element to his game that Zizic doesn't, but needless to say, Zizic has the look of someone who could carve out a career in the NBA. Many talent evaluators believe that Zizic has already tapped into most of his potential, and since a lot of his offensive output has stemmed from his high effort and relentless motor, there's some concern that he'll have a much more difficult time scoring when he faces off against the better athletes at the NBA level. A backup role might ultimately be in the offing for Zizic when he matriculates to North America, but he can probably be relied upon to provide a good change of pace when a starter requires rest.
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Doubtful Tuesday
CCleveland Cavaliers
October 14, 2019
Zizic (foot) is considered doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Celtics, Spencer Davies of the Basketball Insiders reports.
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Ruled out Friday
CCleveland Cavaliers
October 11, 2019
Zizic (foot) won't play Friday against the Pistons.
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Questionable Monday
CCleveland Cavaliers
October 7, 2019
Zizic is questionable for Monday's preseason game against San Lorenzo due to left foot soreness, Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders reports.
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Scores 14 in loss
CCleveland Cavaliers
April 7, 2019
Zizic managed 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-5 FT), six rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Spurs.
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Draws start Thursday
CCleveland Cavaliers
April 4, 2019
Zizic is starting Thursday's game against Sacramento, Chris Fedor of reports.
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