Lakers rookie Ivica Zubac has defense as top priority going into training camp
The 19-year-old turned a lot of heads during the Summer League in June. He showed his efficiency on the court with averages of 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game while shooting 64.7 percent from the field
Zubac will be one of a handful of young players the team will have on their lineup together with Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle. Though lacking experience at the NBA level, the Croatian is looking forward to competing with the best big men in the league.
In a little over two weeks from now, training camp will officially start for their team under newly-appointed head coach Luke Walton. Speaking to Mike Bresnahan of Time Warner Cable SportsNet, the 7-foot-1 center spoke about his expectations and what his number one priority on the team is:
“I’ve never been in a training camp before so I don’t know what to expect, but expect a lot of hard work and a lot of competitive practices and to get better.
“Number one priority is defense, definitely. I want to help the team so when I get minutes… the most important thing is to bring out the energy and help out on defense and if I can do that I’m gonna be good.
On offense, I just gotta take what the defense gives me and what the team gives me. I shouldn’t complicate it a lot, and I think I’m gonna be good if I do that.”
Should he hold his own on the defensive end of the floor once the season starts, it will be a big boost to the Lakers, who are in dire need for a defensive anchor they can rely on night in and night out. It is definitely worth monitoring how Ivica Zubac will perform in the NBA, but with a good coach and some veterans on the team who can mentor him, the future is looking bright for this very young rookie.