Los Angeles Clippers Player News: Centers

News: Zubac tallied 22 points (10-13 FG, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 143-137 victory over the Jazz.
Impact: Zubac had arguably his best game as a member of the Clippers, ending with 22 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. The distribution of playing time was out of whack on account of a number of players being limited leading into the playoffs. Zubac took full advantage and certainly came through for anyone that streamed him in on the final day of fantasy.
News: Zubac managed 13 points (6-7 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, one steal and one block across 21 minutes in the Clippers' 113-96 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday.
Impact: Zubac's production fluctuated fairly heavily during March, but he finished up on a strong note with Sunday's tally. The 22-year-old posted eight double-digit scoring efforts overall in March, but foul trouble continues to frequently cap his minutes Factoring in Sunday's contest, Zubac was whistled three or more times in eight of 15 games during the month, a sample that included a trio of five-foul outings.
News: Zubac totaled 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and one block across 20 minutes in the Clippers' win over the Knicks on Sunday.
Impact: Zubac has only managed three double-doubles in 23 games as the Clippers' starting center, so Sunday's production was a bit unusual. Zubac has been efficient given his limited minutes, but his low usage rate and sporadic totals make him a dart-throw with limited upside most nights.
News: Zubac ended with 10 points (4-15 FG, 2-2 FT), 15 rebounds, and two assists in 22 minutes during Tuesday's 125-104 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Zubac pulled down 15 rebounds during Tuesday's loss, adding ten points to record his second double-double as a member of the Clippers. Had he hit more than 27 percent of his field-goal attempts, this could have been a much sexier line. He has established himself as the starter but is basically the second string center, meaning he should be viewed as more of a streaming option in standard formats.
News: Zubac tallied 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, and two assists in 27 minutes during Monday's 140-125 victory over the Celtics.
Impact: Zubac had an almost identical line to that of his previous game, finishing with 14 points and seven rebounds. The playing time was elevated in this one, with additional minutes coming in garbage time. Zubac typically sees to few minutes to have any value outside of deeper formats but he could be used as a streaming option if you need rebounds with a smattering of points.
News: Zubac compiled 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-6 FT), seven rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal in 23 minutes during Friday's 118-110 victory over Oklahoma City.
Impact: Zubac found himself in a slightly larger role Friday with Montrezl Harrell in foul trouble. Zubac had his most productive game as a member of the Clippers, able to contribute across the board. Harrell will look to bounce back after this one and Zubac will find it hard to replicate these numbers on a consistent basis.
News: Zubac pitched in 16 points (4-7 FG, 8-8 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one block across 22 minutes in the Clippers' 134-107 win over the Suns on Wednesday.
Impact: Zubac managed to avoid foul trouble -- never a guarantee when it comes to the young center -- to bounce back from a rough, truncated outing in his last game against the Timberwolves. The 21-year-old has scored in double digits in two of his first three games since coming over from the Lakers. However, despite the fact coach Doc Rivers appears firmly committed to keeping him as the starting center, it seems that Zubac's minutes might be typically capped in the mid-to-high-20s on the majority of nights, with the referee's whistle always a possible looming impediment as well.
News: Zubac managed 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds, and three blocks in 23 minutes during Saturday's 123-112 win over the Celtics.
Impact: Zubac started at center in his Clippers debut, allowing super-sub Montrezl Harrell to rejoin the second unit. The former Laker fell one board shy of a double-double while swatting at least three blocks for the third time through 34 appearances this season. It's only one game, but it seems safe to say Zubac represents a real upgrade over former starter (and recently released) Marcin Gortat.
News: Coach Doc Rivers said that he expects Zubac to start in his Clippers debut Saturday against the Celtics, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Montrezl Harrell entered the top unit for the fourth time all season in the Clippers' last game Thursday in Indiana, but it was never expected to be a permanent deployment, as Rivers likes the energy and scoring burst he provides off the bench. Harrell still appears set to handle the bulk of the minutes at the position, but Zubac should at least bring more upside in the starting role than the since-waived Marcin Gortat typically brought in that capacity. Even if Zubac is capped at around 20 minutes in most games, he's shown the ability to put up points, rebounds and blocks at a rate prodigious enough to make him worthy of grabbing outside of shallow leagues.
News: Zubac (not injury related) will be available for Saturday's game against the Celtics, TV play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Clippers Ralph Lawler reports.
Impact: Zubac was traded from the Lakers to the Clippers on Thursday, and he'll have an opportunity to play for his new team as soon as Saturday. Montrezl Harrell will presumably get the start, but Zubac could occupy a significant role as a reserve.
News: Zubac was traded to the Clippers on Thursday along with Michael Beasley in exchange for Mike Muscala, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: It's a rare trade between the two Los Angeles teams, but it won't be a huge change of scenery for Zubac as a result. It's a surprising move for the Lakers given the promise the big man has shown over this recent stretch, but Zubac should still get plenty of quality minutes with the Clippers, especially now that the team has waived Marcin Gortat. He is expected to split minutes at center with breakout star Montrezl Harrell.
News: Gortat was waived by the Clippers on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gortat's role fluctuated heavily throughout the season, including DNP-CDs. So his departure from a now-rebuilding team isn't surprising. Overall, he appeared in 47 games with the Clippers, averaging 5.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 16.0 minutes. It's possible he lands somewhere on the buyout market.
News: Gortat will start Tuesday against the Hornets, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gortat was given a DNP-CD on Sunday against the Raptors, but he'll be promoted to the starting lineup Tuesday, pushing Montrezl Harrell back to the bench. In 20 starts on the road this season, Gortat is averaging 5.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 16.8 minutes.
News: Marjanovic ended with 10 points (3-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 17 minutes during Sunday's 121-103 loss to Toronto.
Impact: Marjanovic was impactful for the third straight game, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. Marcin Gortat was out of the rotation for this one which meant Marjanovic saw all the backup minutes behind Montrezl Harrell. If this decision to elevate Marjanovic sticks, he could have some backend value for the foreseeable future. Keep in mind this has happened previously and Marjanovic found his way out of the rotation rather quickly.
News: Marjanovic compiled 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-6 FT), 10 rebounds and a steal across 17 minutes in the Clippers' win over the Pistons on Saturday.
Impact: Marjanovic recorded a modest double-double in Saturday's win - just his third of the season. With the Clippers' frontcourt rotation uncertain yet still favoring Marcin Gortat, Marjanovic should be off the radar outside of deep leagues.
News: Marjanovic contributed 11 points (3-4 FG, 5-5 FT), five rebounds and one assist across 13 minutes in the Clippers' 123-120 overtime loss to the Lakers on Thursday.
Impact: Marjanovic returned to the floor after being left out of the rotation for the six previous contests. The 30-year-old's minutes total, modest as it was, was also his highest since Dec. 28. Marjanovic is never a guarantee to log any playing time, but he typically racks up solid production relative to opportunity, a trend borne out by his elite 24.9 Player Efficiency Rating (PER).
News: Gortat generated 10 points (5-6 FG), five rebounds and one assist across 16 minutes Monday in the Clippers' 123-118 loss to the Hawks.
Impact: Gortat reached double digits in the scoring column for just the third time in January, with his suppressed minutes at the root of his limited production. Though he continues to serve as the Clippers' starting center, he routinely cedes most of the playing time at the position to backup Montrezl Harrell. The minutes distribution between the two big men isn't likely to change at any point in the near future.
News: Gortat finished with 10 points (5-9 FG), eight rebounds and one assists in 22 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Heat.
Impact: Gortat finished in double-figures for the second time in 2019 in his return to the starting lineup. He'd received little run in the reserve role, playing just 12 total minutes over two games. While the uptick in minutes and production are promising, Gortat's averaging just 16.2 minutes per game this season, and due to depth of the Clippers' frontcourt, doesn't have a large enough opportunity to produce fantasy-relevant numbers consistently.
News: Gortat will start Wednesday's game against the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Gortat will return to the starting lineup after filling a reserve role for the past two games. Regardless of his role, Gortat's struggled to produce this year, recording 5.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in just 16.2 minutes per game.
News: Gortat will come off the bench Sunday against the Spurs, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gortat has started each of his team's last nine contests but will transition to a bench role in San Antonio. Montrezl Harrell is slated to start at center in Gortat's place.