Lakers assign Ivica Zubac to D-Fenders

Lakers assign Ivica Zubac to D-Fenders

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This should come as no surprise, but the team announced that they have assigned rookie center Ivica Zubac to the D-League to play for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, according to




The 32nd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the 19-year old Croatian center will have time to develop his game with the Lakers D-League affiliate, which should prove beneficial.

Zubac made his NBA debut as a fill-in starter for the injured Timofey Mozgov, and had to battle ex-Laker Dwight Howard. Zubac finished the game with six points on 3-3 shooting to go with three boards, a steal and four fouls in just 18 minutes after falling into foul trouble early. Other than that, Zubac only appeared in two other games for a little more than eight combined minutes.

D-League Debut

Listed at 7-foot-1 and 265 pounds, Zubac has a tremendous amount of potential. The rookie should benefit from extended playing time in the D-League. In fact, Zubac will be in uniform for tomorrow’s game against Rio Grande Valley, per Mark Medina.

It was only a matter of time before the teenager was sent to the D-League, but Zubac has spent a lot of time and should be back sooner rather than later. With Tarik Black playing well as the backup center, and Luke Walton going with a somewhat-strict 10-man rotation, it makes sense for Zubac to be in the D-League rather than be on the bench for the big league team.

Zubac was already in the gym with the D-Fenders gearing up for the game tomorrow night, per the D-Fenders Twitter page.

The rookie quickly became a fan favorite after impressing in the summer league, and after saying “I love playing for the Lakers” over the summer. In case you missed the Summer League madness and haven’t seen a lot of Zubac, take a quick look below and prepare yourself for the future. Just thinking of a foursome of D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Ivica Zubac is making my mouth water.

The future is bright, and Zubac is, well, see for yourselves.