The LA Lakers chose Ivica Zubac as the 32nd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, with not too many expectations of greatness. After all, he was only 19 years old, hailing from Croatia having only played two years of pro basketball in Serbia.
At the same time, the Lakers took Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick in the same draft, which is where all the attention was naturally going.
Nevertheless, Zubac thrived in the Las Vegas Summer League and became an instant fan favorite. He had a solid rookie season but his sophomore season did not go quite as planned, as he struggled a lot. He’s on his next comeback, but through it all, he says he never doubted his abilities.
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