Philadelphia 76ers draft pick Dario Saric — who will be overseas for at least two seasons — is currently playing for Croatia in the FIBA World Cup tournament that is ongoing. Even though he won’t be in a 76ers jersey for a few seasons, it’s important to keep track of his game and see where he’s at.
For starters, Saric looks pretty damn good right now. This play below is just a glimmer of the skill that Philadelphia hopes Saric will be able to translate to the NBA game.
In three games at FIBA, Saric is yet to score less than 10 points in a contest. In 27 minutes per game, Saric is averaging 13.7 points, 8.0 boards and 3.0 assists per game. Saric has two games with nine rebounds each, missing a double-double by one board in each game. He’s shooting 51.7 percent from the floor, 18.2 percent from three (2-for-11), and 90 percent (9-of-10) from the charity stripe.
Saric is earning a reputation for being tough as nails and is already embodying the Philadelphia spirit. The other day in a contest against Argentina, Saric lost six — COUNT ‘EM SIX — teeth when Andres Nocioni — former Sixer from the Doug Collins regime, mind you — nailed Saric with an elbow.
Any normal human being would exit the game and head straight to the dentist, but not Saric. He remained in the game and dropped 16 points total. Not to mention, he was playing the next day against the Phillipines. How can you not love this guy already, Philadelphia?
Would anyone else like to call out the 76ers for drafting Saric again? I mean look at this kid:
It’s clear that Saric is already a force to be reckoned with in FIBA and that’s a good sign since he still has two years to go before he appears in the NBA. He’s only hit on two three’s so far, which is a part of his game that is hopefully more developed when he comes to Philadelphia. Stay tuned for more updates about Saric’s progress in the World Cup, and keep ballin’ Dario.