The Los Angeles Lakers have selected Ivica Zubac with the 32nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Zubac, a 7'1 center who went 27th in Draft Express' most recent mock draft, spent last season in the Adriatic league. He is a potential draft-and-stash candidate, according to Fran Fraschilla of ESPN, meaning he could stay overseas for another year to gain some seasoning. (Update: he says he's coming over)
After their selection of Brandon Ingram, arguably the Lakers' biggest need was size at the center position, so if Zubac comes over he certainly ticks those boxes at the very least. At just 19-years old, Zubac averaged 6.8 points, three rebounds, and 1.2 blocks on 57.7 percent shooting in 13 minutes per game last season.
I won't claim to be an expert on Zubac's game, but one of the voices I respect most on all matters concerning the NBA Draft is Jonathan Tjarks of the Ringer, and he is a big fan of the pick:
I really like Zubac. He might be the most talented C in this year's draft.— Jonathan Tjarks (@JonathanTjarks) June 24, 2016
Renowned international reporter David Pick is also high on Zubac:
Lakers haven't had a Euro center like Ivica Zubac since ... Vlade Divac. 7'1" kid with full package. STEAL.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) June 24, 2016
If that proves true, this is a great selection for the Lakers, and stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for the latest updates on Zubac and the rest of the Lakers big draft night.
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