Anadolu Efes Istanbul bolstered its frontcourt by inking center Ante Zizic to a two-year deal, with an option to a third, the club announced Wednesday. Zizic (2.10 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv, where he averaged 12.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in 31 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games last season, his third in the competition. He ranked eighth in two-point shooting (66.7% 2FG) and led the 2021-22 EuroLeague in two-point shots made with 156, which was the 10th-most in competition history. Per 40 minutes, Zizic was third overall in PIR (29.5) and fourth in scoring (23.1). He boosted his numbers to 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and a PIR of 24.0 in two games against Efes.
Efes adds size, strength with Zizic
Zizic, whose brother Andrija was a EuroLeague champion with Maccabi in 2014, started his career in his native Croatia, playing for Split, Ribola Kastela, Cakovec and Cibona Zagreb before joining Darussafaka Istanbul in November 2016. He made his EuroLeague debut with Darussafaka and averaged 9.0 points in 20 games in helping his team reach the playoffs. Zizic has also played for Cleveland in the NBA and Canton in the G League. He helped Maccabi win the Israeli League and Cup double in 2021 and also reached the NBA finals with Cleveland in 2018. He is a member of the Croatian national team.