Ante Žižić

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Ante Žižić
Ante Zizic (37497798991).jpg
Žižić with the Cavaliers in 2017
No. 41 – Cleveland Cavaliers
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1997-01-04) January 4, 1997 (age 21)
Split, Croatia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 2013–present
Career history
2013–2014 Ribola Kaštela
2014–2016 Cibona
2014Gorica
2016–2017 Darüşşafaka Doğuş
2017–present Cleveland Cavaliers
2017–2018Canton Charge
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ante Toni Žižić (Croatian pronunciation: [antɛ ʐǐːʐitɕ]; born 4 January 1997) is a Croatian professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 23rd overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA draft.

Professional career[edit]

Europe[edit]

Žižić's first team was KK Split, in the 2013–14 season, but he played for their junior team, in which he only played in 3 games. He then moved to the Cedevita Zagreb's junior team, and with them he played in 5 games. To start the 2014–15 season, he played for Gorica.

He moved to Cibona Zagreb for the rest of the season. In that year, he averaged 7.4 points, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.9 blocks, in 15.5 minutes per game, in 25 games played in the Adriatic League. His breakout season was in the 2015–16 season.

He was named the 2015–16 ABA League season's Top Prospect. In that season, he averaged 12.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 24.8 minutes per game, in 26 games played in the Adriatic League.[1] He was also named to the European-wide 3rd-tier level FIBA Europe Cup's Starting Five Team of the 2015–16 season.

On 11 October 2016, Žižić was named the MVP of the fourth week of the 2016–17 ABA League season. After he scored 37 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, in Cibona's win against MZT Skopje Aerodrom, by the final score of 89–85, in a game that was decided after two overtimes.[2] On December 27, 2016, Žižić left Cibona, and signed with the Turkish team Darüşşafaka Doğuş, of the Turkish Super League.[3]

With Darüşşafaka, Žižić made his debut in the European top-tier level, the EuroLeague, on 30 December 2016, in an 81–77 road loss against FC Barcelona. In his first EuroLeague game, Žižić had 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.[4]

NBA[edit]

Žižić was selected with the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, by the Boston Celtics.[5]

On 1 July 2017, Žižić signed with the Boston Celtics.[6] Before even suiting up for a single regular season game for the Celtics, Žižić was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers alongside Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and the Brooklyn Nets' unprotected 2018 first round pick for Kyrie Irving on August 22, 2017.[7] However, eight days after the trade was first confirmed, the Celtics would also add a 2020 second round pick from the Miami Heat in order to fully complete the deal to satisfy Cleveland's worries involving Isaiah Thomas' hip injury. [8]

Žižić has been going back and forth from Cleveland to Canton many times throughout his rookie season, mainly because he doesn't see much regular playing time with the Cleveland. However, after the All-Star break of 2018, he started seeing more minutes, primarily due to injuries of Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson. His best game of the period came on March 11, when he scored 15 points and had 7 rebounds (both career-highs at that moment) in a loss to Los Angeles Lakers. In the last game of the regular season, however, he improved on that by scoring 20 points and grabbing 7 rebounds again. The Cavaliers made it to the 2018 NBA Finals, but lost the series 4-0 to the Golden State Warriors.

National team career[edit]

Žižić played with the junior national teams of Croatia. With Croatia's junior national teams, he played at the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, the 2014 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, where he won a bronze medal, and at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, where he won a silver medal.

Personal life[edit]

Žižić's older brother, Andrija, was also a professional basketball player. The two brothers were teammates at Cibona Zagreb, in the 2015–16 season.[9] His older brother played in 107 EuroLeague games, with Cibona Zagreb, FC Barcelona, Olympiacos, and Panathinaikos, and he also won a EuroLeague championship with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

His older brother also played in numerous international national team tournaments with the Croatian junior national teams, and also with the senior men's Croatian national basketball team. Ante was actually inspired to play basketball by his older brother, since he used to go watch the games of his older brother, back when Andrija was a player.

His brother, Andrija, who is 17 years older than him, is currently the sporting director for Cibona Zagreb.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Cleveland 32 2 6.7 .731 .724 1.9 .2 .1 .4 3.7
Career 32 2 6.7 .731 .724 1.9 .2 .1 .4 3.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018 Cleveland 8 0 2.9 .500 - .500 .8 .1 .0 .1 1.6
Career 8 0 2.9 .500 - .500 .8 .1 .0 .1 1.6

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2016–17 Darüşşafaka 20 17 21.9 .649 .000 .643 6.7 .4 .2 .8 9.0 13.3
Career 20 17 21.9 .649 .000 .643 6.7 .4 .2 .8 9.0 13.3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015/16 Top Prospect: Ante Žižić". ABA-Liga.com. 9 March 2016. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Round 4 MVP: Ante Žižić (Cibona)". ABA-Liga.com. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Darussafaka Dogus signs Ante Zizic". Sportando.com. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  4. ^ FC BARCELONA LASSA 81 DARUSSAFAKA DOGUS ISTANBUL 77 DECEMBER 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "Boston Celtics 2016 Draft Results". NBA.com. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Celtics Sign Jayson Tatum, Ante Zizic". NBA.com. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Celtics Acquire Four-Time All-Star Kyrie Irving". NBA.com. August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  8. ^ https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/8/30/16224168/kyrie-irving-trade-to-celtics-finalized-with-boston-adding-2020-second-round-pick
  9. ^ "Brother vs. Brother, Andrija vs. Ante" (in Croatian). Slobodna Dalmacija. 10 May 2013. 

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