Lakers estimate that a young center is ready for basketball on the highest level
The talented Croatian player, center Ivica Zubac will continue career in the NBA, where he signed three-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. A new player of the famous franchise was chosen as 32nd pick at the recent NBA draft, and the management of the Lakers estimated that the former basketball player of Mega Leks and Cibona is instantly ready for the NBA.
The young, 19-year-old 216 cm tall player gained a chance at senior level in 2014 in the Croatian Cibona and from the start NBA career was envisioned for him. Zubac has played for Cibona until February this year, when he left the club due to financial problems, which used Mega Leks, a team that is known for the development of young and talented players. The club in previous years did an excellent job when the young players are in question and after Nikola Jokic, one of the most pleasant surprises of the previous NBA season, Ivica Zubac and the Frenchman Timothe Luwawu are the new players of Mega Leks which directly go to the best basketball league in the world.
New Lakers player has all the physical qualities for a serious NBA career. In addition to height, has a large wingspan, which allows him to reach the ball from the ground under the rim; wide shoulders and physical frame which is the basic precondition for further development, but also probably the most important thing that a modern basketball requires – mobility. Although physical predispositions are important, they itself are not a guarantee of success, but Zubac so far in his career has shown that he can use his body, but more importantly, to think. What NBA scouts were able to notice in the game of the young Croat is very diverse offensive skill set. He is nimble, has good footwork and can use both hands to finish, has a lot of patience in the game and is unselfish. Although Zubac is not great leaper, he has long arms and good timing, and grabs a lot of rebounds under both baskets. For his age and level of experience, Ivica Zubac is a player who truly is very promising.
After the retirement of Kobe Bryant and the generational change, the Lakers are preparing rebuilding this season, so that apart from Zubac they will have a few more young players in the roster. In the long term, this can be a great deal the Lakers, because the young center can only prosper.