Zizic appeared in 22 games for the Cavaliers during the 2019-20 season. He saw 10.0 minutes per game, averaging 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds. He shot 56.9 percent from the field and 73.7 percent from the free-throw line. Zizic set single-game season highs of 15 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Most of those occurred in one game, which was Jan. 5 against the Timberwolves. Zizic played 25 minutes and posted 15 points (6-7 FG, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal. Zizic posted at least five points in 12 games, at least five rebounds in four games and at least one assist in four games. He also posted at least one steal in seven contests and at least one block in five contests. Per 36 minutes, Zizic averaged 15.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 assists. The rates of rebounding and stealing were the highest of his career.2018
Zizic took on a bigger role with the Cavaliers during his second season in the Association. In addition to playing in 59 games, he received 25 starts. Zizic also saw his minutes increase from 6.7 to 18.3 minutes per game. He took 5.6 field goal attempts per contest, up from 2.1 in 2017-18. The Croatian averaged 7.8 points per game, up from 3.7 points as a rookie. Zizic also notched 5.4 rebounds per contest. Zizic missed five games in late December and early January due to a knee injury. But the 6-foot-11 center finished January strong. Zizic had a 12-game January run when he averaged 12.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest. The strong stretch included a Jan. 16 performance versus the Nuggets where Zizic posted a career-high 23 points to go with six rebounds. For the season, Zizic delivered four double-doubles and eight games with ten or more boards.2017
After being drafted in 2016, Ante Zizic decided to stay in the Euroleague for a season, which delayed his rookie campaign to the 2017-18 NBA season. Just before the season began, he was traded from the Boston Celtics to Cleveland Cavaliers. In his first taste of North American basketball, the Croatian big man appeared in 32 games with the Cavaliers and 18 G-League games with the Canton Charge. He showed plenty of upside during his time in the G-League. Zizic averaged 16.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks while shooting 57.6 percent. His 24.2 PER placed him third among all G League players. Zizic made is NBA debut on Oct. 21, with four points, four rebounds and two blocks in seven minutes during a home loss to the Magic. At the NBA level, Zizic averaged 3.7 points on 73.1 percent shooting in 6.7 minutes per game. The 6-foot-10 center recorded five double-digit scoring games, including a 20-point, 7-rebound performance in the final game of the season. All five of those performances game during his final 13 regular season appearances. During that span, Zizic averaged 6.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game on 78.3 percent shooting.
June 23, 2016Drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
July 1, 2017Signed a two-year contract with the Boston Celtics
August 30, 2017Traded by the Boston Celtics with Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas, a 2018 1st round draft pick and a 2020 2nd round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.