With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, Los Angeles Lakers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
With the team’s considerable depth throughout the roster, several players will enter training camp looking to make a significant impact. Ivica Zubac has been in the Lakers’ program for two years, so his familiarity with Luke Walton’s offense could make him a valuable commodity at the center position behind JaVale McGee.
While the Lakers might look to play small at times, Zubac, who is a burly center with solid touch around the basket, will serve as a reliable post option at the end of the bench. Zubac appeared in 43 games for the Lakers in the 2017-18 season, and he’s played 81 career games.
In limited action last season, Zubac converted on 50 percent of his field-goal attempts. He averaged 3.7 PPG and 2.9 RPG in nearly 10 minutes of nightly action. In April, he posted a 14-point, nine-rebound performance in a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has proven that he can contribute when given extended minutes.
The fact that he plays a different style than most of the other bigs on the roster, such as Moritz Wagner, Kyle Kuzma, and JaVale McGee, is only to Zubac’s advantage.
At 21 years old, Zubac is still young enough to continue to grow and develop. His status will be worth monitoring over the course of the season.
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