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Lakers Training Camp: Ivica Zubac has been working on his skyhook

The rookie also feels increasingly confident in his jumper.

2016 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images

Los Angeles Lakers second-rounder Ivica Zubac certainly hasn’t lacked for confidence heading into his rookie season. The Croatian product has already outlined why he thinks the NBA is a better fit for him than the international game, and on Wednesday he gave the media a clue on the method he plans to use to make his mark on the league.

"Every practice I show my skyhook. Everybody is like 'wow,’" Zubac said. "Before every practice I get here like one-and-a half-hours early and work on my skyhook with Bill Bertka."

If Zubac is looking to master the unguardable shot Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made famous, there are few more qualified to teach him than a coach who’s worked with NBA’s all-time leading scorer.

Zubac hasn’t only been working on his skyhook, either. His teammates and coaches are also giving him confidence he can extend his range.

"I don't feel bad when I take a shot from almost the three-point line," Zubac said. "I know I can hit that shot so whenever I think I can make my shot, I take it and no one will say anything to me, and that feels great."

While he previously said his number one priority is defense this season, Zubac did flash a shockingly polished array of post moves during Las Vegas Summer League, where he shot 64.7 percent from the field.

Whether with a skyhook or jumper, if the rookie can find a way to be effective on both ends then he could see more minutes than expected this season.

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