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Dario Saric | Forward | #9

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/8/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 225
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (12) / ORL
Contract: view contract details

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Dario Saric is expected to have a bigger role to start the season.
The loss of Ben Simmons (foot) means Saric will now get most of his minutes at the four, which is where he saw almost all of his minutes in his professional career. Coach Brett Brown has talked about spacing the floor and Saric is a playmaker at 6'10", so he could have a solid start to his season. He's now worth drafting in all standard leagues to see what happens. Sep 30 - 6:45 PM

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Brett Brown confirmed that he intends to play Dario Saric and Ben Simmons together.

"I think the pluses are you have 6-10 do-alls that really can jump into a very versatile defensive world with perhaps a lot of switching," Brown said of the Saric-Simmons pairing. "I think they are elite defensive rebounders that can rebound, lead a break, and take off." Brown hopes that Saric can get comfortable playing out of position at small forward, and he's determined to use training camp to develop some chemistry between the two lottery picks. It sounds like Brown plans to give quality run to Saric his rookie year, so targeting him towards the later rounds makes sense given his upside.
Sep 29 - 6:01 PM

The 76ers would reportedly like to mold Dario Saric into a small forward.

Saric's natural position is power forward, but so is Ben Simmon's, so if Saric wants to earn significant minutes his rookie year he'll need to get comfortable playing on the perimeter. Saric did run with the first unit during Wednesday's scrimmage alongside Ben Simmons, and it's not all that far fetched to think he could earn steady playing time at the three due to his ability to knock down the 3-point shot. Saric has the ability to bring a little bit of everything to the stat sheet, so he makes sense as a late-round gamble.
Sep 28 - 2:14 PM

Dario Saric said he could play some small-ball center and expects to play mostly power forward.

That sounds about right. Saric's skill set is more geared to be a power forward, but obviously Ben Simmons will get major burn at that spot. The 76ers could use Simmons as a point guard, so it's still possible Simmons and Saric could get a handful of minutes together. He will have to improve on his shooting, but Saric could have a decent impact in his rookie year. He's more of a last-round flier in standard leagues. We'll obviously be watching him very closely at camp.
Sep 26 - 2:07 PM

76ers head coach Brett Brown said that he sees situations in which Ben Simmons and Dario Saric will share the floor.

If Saric and Simmons can successfully share the floor, it's possible that Saric's minutes could creep up into the high 20s. Brown also praised Saric's basketball IQ, saying, "He sort of contradicts his birth certificate. His basketball experiences are rich. He's no kid." Saric has the ability to bring a little bit of everything to the stat sheet, and while he could struggle earning significant minutes early on, he possesses enough upside to warrant a late-round gamble on draft day.
Sep 15 - 4:34 PM

Dario Saric was not satisfied with how he performed at the 2016 Olympic Games.

"I don’t know what to say. We have lost to Serbia again. And I have played like the biggest [expletive]", said Saric. "I didn’t start the game well and when I realized I couldn’t get it going on offense, I tried to help the team by playing good defense. I think I wasn’t at my best during whole tournament." Saric wasn't great during Croatia's loss to Serbia, but he definitely put his upside on display during the Rio Games with averages of 11.8 points, 6.7 boards and 3.2 assists per contest. He's on the radar as a potential late-round flier in standard leagues.
Aug 18 - 3:22 PM

Dario Saric chipped in seven points, four rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes during a losing effort vs. Serbia on Wednesday.

76ers coach Brett Brown has been watching Saric closely throughout the tournament. "I feel like we knew the competitive side, physical side," Brown said. "The more I study him, the more you realize he’s really gifted intellectually on how to play our sport." Brown noted that Saric has improved as a shooter over the years, and he's expected to earn minutes out of the gates for the Sixers' young roster. We'll get another long look at him during the preseason.
Aug 17 - 11:33 PM

Dario Saric turned it on in the second quarter during a 90-81 victory over Lithuania on Monday, scoring 18 points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

This was all about the 3-pointers for Croatia, making 11-of-19 from deep. The Croatians were a little inconsistent in their five games, but they were able to lock up the top seed in Group B. That means they won't have to face the Americans until the gold medal game. Of course, it's not going to be easy in any round with the Serbians on deck for Wednesday's quarterfinal. As for Mr. Saric, he's been a darling of Rio and is becoming a very interesting late-round fantasy target in even re-draft leagues.
Aug 15 - 11:26 PM

Dario Saric scored seven points with six rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes during a loss to Nigeria on Saturday.

His teammates didn't get him involved much during this one. Up until tonight, Saric was having a nice upward trend in this tournament with a terrific 19-point gem coming on Tuesday. He's showcasing his versatility in reality and on the stat sheet, which has been his calling card overseas. We'll see how he fares on Monday against Lithuania.
Aug 13 - 11:29 PM

Dario Saric flashed his upside during Croatia's 80-76 win over Brazil on Thursday, tallying 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers, one steal and one block over 35 minutes.

Saric also turned the ball over six times, but he finally got his 3-point shot to drop, and he came up with some huge plays down the stretch for Croatia. He's improved with each game through the Olympic tournament, and while he could struggle with efficiency and turnovers during his rookie year, he's shown enough upside to warrant a late-round gamble on draft day. Just know that playing time could be a bit of an issue, as he essentially plays the same position as Ben Simmons.
Aug 11 - 3:28 PM

Coach Brett Brown said he sees "a bull in a china shop" with Dario Saric.

"He reminds me emotionally of Manu [Ginobili] when Manu first came to the NBA, where he's all balled up," Brown said. "You can just feel it, and I know him well enough to know that, when he wants to knock somebody's teeth in." Brown also said Saric isn't an A-plus athlete, but loves his intelligence and "the evolution of his shot." Saric has played almost exclusively at the four in his career, so he might have to start out behind Ben Simmons. He's looked like a nice play-maker for Croatia this summer.
Aug 10 - 3:56 PM

Dario Saric had an impressive all-around game in a loss to Argentina on Tuesday, scoring 19 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes.

He had the game-winning block in his previous outing vs. Spain, but looked much better on the offensive end in this one. He missed all four his 3-point attempts, but finished 7-of-16 from the field and was active on the glass. Saric could be a nice complement next to Ben Simmons in Philly because of his shooting range, though he will be competing for minutes with Robert Covington and Jerami Grant. Saric and Croatia will be back in action vs. Brazil on Thursday.
Aug 9 - 11:41 PM

Dario Saric contributed four points, seven rebounds and five assists during Croatia's upset win vs. Spain on Sunday.

The Sixers' incoming rookie, who was drafted No. 12 overall in 2014, had a solid all-around game for his national team. He struggled to score and went 1-of-2 at the FT line in a critical situation, but he also came up huge with a block on Pau Gasol's potentially game-tying shot to end the game. Croatia gets one day off before facing Argentina's veteran Olympic squad on Tuesday.
Aug 7 - 8:05 PM

Dario Saric believes that he and Ben Simmons can share the court.

"I think we've got similar skills," said Saric of Simmons. "I think on the court he can play 4 and I will play 3, or he will play 3 and I will play 4, or he would play point guard and I would play another position. If you have five players who can run and feel each other on the court, it doesn't matter which position we play." Spacing could be an issue with both of those guys on the floor at the same time, but Brett Brown seems determined to play the duo together for prolonged stretches.
Jul 21 - 2:18 PM

Brett Brown said that he plans on playing Dario Saric "a lot in multiple situations."

"He can shoot, pass and dribble at 6-foot-10 and he's competitive as any young player I've seen in a long time," Brown said. "He'll force me to play him a lot in multiple situations." Saric added that while he spent a majority of his playing time at the power forward position while in Europe, he's also capable of playing small forward, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of role he earns during his rookie year. Philly trading away some of their bigs would really help Saric's fantasy value.
Jul 16 - 11:57 AM

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PG1Jerryd Bayless
2Sergio Rodriguez
3T.J. McConnell
4Anthony Barber
SG1Gerald Henderson
2Timothe Luwawu
3Nik Stauskas
4Brandon Paul
SF1Robert Covington
2Jerami Grant
3Hollis Thompson
PF1Ben Simmons
2Dario Saric
3Shawn Long
4James Webb III
C1Nerlens Noel
2Jahlil Okafor
3Joel Embiid
4Richaun Holmes
5Elton Brand