First-Round Pick Dario Saric
Weight: 223 lbs.
Birthday: April 8, 1994 (20 years old)
Saric likely won't play in the NBA for two years, possibly more, but the kid shows tremendous upside. Saric is a 6'10" wing who can either play as a small forward or power forward depending on team need. At his height, Saric is a matchup nightmare for other small forwards as he is incredibly talented offensively. He shows tremendous ball-handling ability while seeing the court exceptionally well. In addition to that, he is also an aggressive rebounder.
While his jump shot is improving, he still has some work to do with it. One of the reasons he is staying overseas is to improve his jump shooting range because he would be even more of a headache at the NBA level. For someone that sees the court well, Saric does turn the ball over a little more than one would hope.
Saric is still a little lean for the NBA ranks so an increase in bulk will do him some favors. While being a highly skilled player, Saric isn't the out-of-this-world athlete the Sixers have been known to draft over the last two seasons.
Fit with the Sixers:
Saric was drafted 12th overall by the Orlando Magic and traded to Philadelphia along with a 2015 second round pick and a 2017 first round selection for the rights to point guard Elfrid Payton. The move gets the Sixers a 2017 first round pick back after they lost theirs to the Magic in the 2012 Andrew Bynum trade. Saric is a pick for the future while simultaneously patching the wound left by the previous regime.
Make no mistake about it, Saric could come in right now and contribute in Philadelphia. The extra two years overseas will allow him to develop his shot while packing on the muscle. With Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel already in the fold, Saric likely projects as a small forward with the Sixers. He can take the two years to tune his craft at that position.
Some experts are extremely high on Saric believing his could one of the top two or three players selected in this draft when all is said and done. Others aren't too sure largely due to the fact he is still a relative unknown. His game has been compared to that of former-Sixers forward Toni Kukoc. If that is what the Sixers selected, they're in good shape.
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