When the start of the 2015-2016 NBA season comes, the Sixers will trot out three lottery picks from each of the past three drafts. However, there’s another lottery pick that the Sixers already have who is making a splash overseas. Dario Saric has spent the past season playing in Turkey and has shown flashes of why so many NBA scouts love this player and believe he has the chance to be a great NBA player.
Saric’s team, Anadolus Efes, enjoyed a fantastic regular season, finishing 22-8 and reaching the number 2 seed in the playoffs. Saric averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in the first two rounds of the postseason. More encouraging than those numbers is the fact that he shot roughly 54% from the field and 40% from 3-point land. Saric has played extremely well for a team that lost only one game entering the league finals, and has done so against some men who are 10 years his senior. Saric had his biggest game yesterday (June 9) with 15 points and 14 rebounds in an OT win in Game 1 of the Finals. While there is no footage of his playoff exploits yet, all reports say that Saric is a high motor guy who goes after the basketball and makes plays. Reports also say that Saric isn’t a guy who needs plays to be drawn up for him and can fit in with any offense, something very important if the Sixers do plan to have him play alongside Joel Embiid and/or Nerlens Noel.
Saric unfortunately still has one year left on his contract in Europe, but this could prove to be for the best. Saric will gain another year of experience against excellent competition, and the Sixers will get a look at how Embiid and Noel can play together along with whoever they draft two weeks from now. So, while Dario Saric is out of sight, he most definitely should not be out of mind.