Žižić with the Cavaliers in 2017
|No. 41 – Cleveland Cavaliers|
January 4, 1997 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|NBA draft||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ante Toni Žižić (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.
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. 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. On December 27, 2016, Žižić left Cibona, and signed with the Turkish team Darüşşafaka Doğuş, of the Turkish Super League.
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.
On 1 July 2017, Žižić signed with the Boston Celtics. 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. 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.
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.
Žižić's older brother, Andrija, was also a professional basketball player. The two brothers were teammates at Cibona Zagreb, in the 2015–16 season. 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.
|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|
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.
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