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The Croatian Sensation: Dario Saric Has Arrived
The mystery and drama surrounding Dario Saric is over. The Croatian Sensation has finally arrived in Philadelphia. Saric had until July 17th to decide whether he’d accept his player option with Anadolu Efus or make the move to the NBA. He has yet to play for the Sixers after being acquired in a draft-day trade from the Orlando Magic in 2014. Saric, who was teammates with No. 26 overall pick Furkan Korkmaz this past season, averaged 11.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 40.3 percent from 3. A Croatian Daily newspaper reported in late June that Saric would join the team after the Olympic Qualifiers were over. Saric’s Croatian team did make it to Rio and the 22-year-old was named the MVP of the 2016 FIBA Qualifying Tournament in Turin. Now, how is the versatile Saric going to fit on a roster loaded in the frontcourt? He’s probably most suited to play the four, but Ben Simmons, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid are all going to need their minutes. It’ll be interesting to see how head coach Brett Brown divvies up the playing time if all those bigs are on the roster by the time the season starts.