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Position  Center
Nationality  Croatian
Listed weight  240 lb (109 kg)
Height  2.16 m
Salary  1.035 million USD (2017)
League  NBA
Listed height  7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Playing career  2013–present
Weight  120 kg
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Born  March 18, 1997 (age 19) Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1997-03-18)
NBA draft  2016, Los Angeles Lakers (Round: 2 / Pick: 32)
Current team  Los Angeles Lakers (#40 / Center)
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Ivica Zubac ([iʋit͡sa zubat͡s], EE-vitsa ZU-buts; born 18 March 1997) is a Croatian professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Lakers in the second round of the 2016 NBA draft.

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Europe (2013–2016)

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Zubac came through the youth ranks of Cibona Zagreb and then played for KK Zrinjevac Zagreb in the second Croatian division during the 2013–14 season. He made the roster of Cibona Zagreb'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 A1 league and in the Adriatic 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–present)

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 January 31, 2017, he scored a career-high 17 points in a 120–116 win over the Denver Nuggets. 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. During his rookie season, Zubac has had multiple assignments with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers' D-League affiliate.

National team career

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Zubac represented the Croatian national team during the U16 European Championships in 2013. He averaged 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds a contest during the 2015 U19 World Championships in Greece, while receiving All-World Championships U19 Second Team honors by eurobasket.com. Zubac averaged double digits in scoring (15.8ppg) and rebounding (12.9rpg) to go along with 3.0 blocks per game at the U18 European Championships the same year, while making the all-tournament second team (by eurobasket.com).

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