NBA Rumors: Ivica Zubac, not Timofey Mozgov, could follow the footsteps of Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the next Lakers’ superstar center

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Ivica Zubac became a revelation for the Los Angeles Lakers after his impressive performance in the Las Vegas Summer League in July. Will Zubac follow the footsteps of Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the next Lakers’ superstar center?

The Los Angeles Lakers made a surprise pick in the second round of the 2016 NBA draft when they selected the Croatian center Ivica Zubac. His name may not sound familiar, but after he showed his ability in the Summer League, Zuback became a fan-favorite among the Lakers’ brass.

When most of the NBA players, including the rookies, got their NBA 2K17 ratings, it seems like the creator was having a hard time to assess Ivica Zubac. It took several days before his rating was finally released and happily posted it on Twitter.

Instead of being disappointed, Ivica Zubac took it as a challenge to make a good impression in the upcoming 2016-17 NBA season. Though 68 is quite low, the NBA 2K17 can be updated based on the players’ real-life developments. For comparison, Lakers’ teammates D’Angelo Russell got 79, Larry Nance Jr. is 75, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle got 77.

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Meanwhile, Zubac’s fellow rookie, Brandon Ingram received an NBA 2K17 rating of 78 equates to Luol Deng. Ingram was selected as the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft so it will not be a surprise for him to have the traditional rating for top rookies.

When Ivica Zubac first showed his performance, he received a quick comparison to Memphis Grizzlies star center Marc Gasol. According to Serena Winters of Lakers Nation, Zubac is currently practicing the skyhook, the specialty of Lakers’ legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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The Skyhook is one of the hardest shots to defend in the NBA. However, so far, no big man is brave enough to attempt to use it for decades. If Zubac perfects the skyhook, there is no doubt that he can be the next big thing in the Los Angeles Lakers.

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