The 22-year-old Zubac showed significant growth with the Clippers following a trade deadline deal that jettisoned him from the Los Angeles Lakers. Zubac was used as an incentive to unload Michael Beasley's contract to the Clippers at the deadline. The deal became a boon for the Clippers, who immediately plugged Zubac into the starting lineup on a Western Conference playoff team.
Zubac started 25 games for the Clippers, averaging 9.4 points and 7.7 rebounds on the team's run into the Western Conference playoffs. Zubac, a Croatian, was the 32nd pick in the 2016 draft.