Ante Žižić is a National Basketball Association (NBA) rising star and if you are a fan of the sport, it is surely one that you should watch out for. Much the same as his elder brother, Andrija, who was likewise a professional basketball player, history is going to rehash itself as Žižić is set to make a name for himself as well. He was the 23rd overall pick which and was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA Draft.
However, he now plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers and their G-League affiliate, Canton Charge. Let’s take a look at his biography, how he began his profession, what motivated him and other captivating details about this youthful NBA future star.
Who is Ante Žižić?
His full name is Ante Toni Žižić and is of Croatian descent. He was born on the 4th of January 1997 in Split, Croatia. There is no data or information on his parents, and his educational background is not known. He is an expert ballplayer and plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He stands in a good height of 6 ft 1 inch and weighs 250 lb (113 kg).
Ante Žižić specified in an interview that the enthusiasm and love for basketball started to unfold during the periods when he would frequently follow his elder brother to the basketball court to watch him play. Before Žižić was chosen in the NBA, he had played for different Croatian clubs. The first team Žižić played for was KK Split in 2013-14. He featured in about three games for the team (their junior team) before leaving them to join Cedevita Zagreb.
After appearing in a couple of games for their junior side, Žižić again had a very brief stint with another side Gorica at the beginning of the 2014-15 season before joining Cibona Zagreb of the Adriatic (ABA) League. Žižić left Cibona in December 2016 and joined the Turkish Super League with the Darüşşafaka Doğuş. It was his impressive stats while playing for Cibona that caught the eyes of the Boston Celtics of the NBA who selected in the 2016 NBA Draft to the surprise of their fans even though he was immediately exchanged to Cleveland Cavaliers.
He was, however, assigned to play for the Canton Charge in the G-League, an NBA Development affiliate of the Cavaliers and there he made a remarkable impression with the group earning several returns to the Cavaliers roster. He even was part of the Cleveland Cavaliers team that lost the 2018 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors.
Ante Žižić’s talents have not only been on display on the club level but also at the international level. He has won honors with his country Croatia, like when he won a bronze medal in FIBA U18 European Championship which took place in Turkey and also the silver decoration at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece.
Here Are 5 Facts You Need To Know About Ante Žižić
1. Net Worth
As per records and data accumulated, Ante Žižić’s yearly pay is assessed to be around $1.7 million while his aggregate total net worth is estimated to be around $2.5 million or more.
Other than playing ball, Ante Žižić does not live an isolated life as he has a love life and is dating a pretty damsel named Paula Vulko who is a Violinist by profession and is also a Croatian. Vulko was born on the 2nd of April 1997 in Split, Croatia – the same place with Žižić – and she attended the Academy of Music in the University of Zagreb.
He has an elder brother named Andrija Žižić and he too was a basketball player. They both played for the same team – Cibona Zagreb – in the early days of their careers. Andrija Žižić has since retired from active play and is currently into coaching.
4. His Selection Uproar
When Ante Žižić was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA Draft, it caused a major uproar both from fans in the arena who could be heard booing the franchise’s choice and also from observers as well. Tons of debates erupted and the question on everyone’s lips then was “Who is Ante Žižić?”
In his free period, Ante Žižić likes to watch films, workout in the gym and furthermore play computer games. He also has online accounts on Twitter and Facebook where he interacts with his fans and admirers.