Ivica Zubac (Croatian pronunciation: [iʋit͡sa zubat͡s], EE-vi-tsa ZU-bats; born 18 March 1997) is a Croatian professional basketball player for the South Bay Lakers of the NBA G League, on assignment from 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.
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 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 31 March 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.