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Draft Profile:
Dario Saric
Dario Saric
PF | 6'10" | 223 LBS. 16.7 PPG | 9.7 RPG | 3.2 APG

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Draft Profile Video: Dario Saric

Fran Fraschilla has watched Dario Saric play since he was 16 years old. He calls Saric a “prodigy” during this interview.
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Draft Profile Video: Dario Saric

Fran Fraschilla has watched Dario Saric play since he was 16 years old. He calls Saric a “prodigy” during this interview.
Jun 2, 2014  |  05:22

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Combine Measurements

Body/Anthropometric Measurements (Has Not Been Measured)
Body Fat % -
Hand Length -
Hand Width -
Height w/o Shoes -
Height w/ Shoes 6'10"
Standing Reach -
Weight 223
Wingspan -
Physical Tests (Has Not Been Tested)
Lane Agility -
Shuttle Run -
Three-Quarter Court Sprint -
Standing Vertical Leap -
Max Vertical Leap -
Body/Anthropometric Measurements (Has Not Been Measured)
Body Fat % Hand Length Hand Width Height w/o Shoes Height w/ Shoes Standing Reach Weight Wingspan
- - - - 6'10" - 223 lbs. -
Physical Tests (Has Not Been Tested)
Lane Agility Shuttle Run 3/4 Court Sprint Standing Vertical Leap Max Vertical Leap
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Pros/Cons

Pros Cons
Point-Forward Skills Lacks Great Length
Plays Hard Must Add Weight/Strength
Great Passer Inconsistent Shooter
Capable Long-Range Shooter Turnover Prone
High Basketball IQ -
Decisive with the Ball -

Why You Might Know Him

Those who follow the NBA Draft have been hearing Dario Saric’s name for a good two years now. Saric was a part of the 2013 NBA Draft class until he withdrew his name on June 17, 10 days before the Draft. International players have up until 10 days ahead of the Draft to withdraw their names. Saric’s camp was unsure of what his role would have been in the NBA during the 2013-14 season, so it opted to keep him in Europe for another year of development.

Scouting Report

It’s easy to realize why NBA teams are excited about the possibility of acquiring Saric. The 20-year-old forward is an incredibly talented basketball player. At 6-foot-10, he can look like a guard at times in transition. He has a great handle to go along with great vision and passing ability. Saric is talented enough to lead a fast break or even stand in as a ball handler for pick-and-rolls. He has very good court awareness and I love the way he reads and reacts. These qualities have led to many envisioning him as a “point forward.” Saric loves to face up and use his impressive dribbling abilities to get to the basket. He is very decisive with the ball. He has shown the ability to finish with both hands and has a smooth stroke that should translate to NBA 3-point range. He almost exclusively pops after setting screens. Does not like to roll. That being said, he could become a lethal pick-and-pop player if his jumper, which is mechanically sound, becomes more consistent. He has shown fire, passion and effort on the court and doesn’t seem to shy away from contact. He should be able to handle the rigors of being an NBA big man once he adds weight and strength. Saric does not use his body very well defensively, particularly in the post. This should be corrected with the help of an NBA coaching staff. He has the lateral ability and basketball IQ to defend at an NBA level, but adding weight to his frame will be critical to his ability to defend on the block. He attacks rebounds and has put up solid rebounding numbers throughout his career. Expect him to be a major contributor in that area in the NBA.

Biography

Saric was born on April 8, 1994 in Sibenik, Croatia. Boston fans are familiar with Croatian basketball players, as that is the home country of former Celtic Dino Radja. Like Radja, Toni Kukoc and many others, Saric grew up playing the game of basketball. He began his professional career in 2009 with Zrinjevac at the ripe age of 15. He went on to play for Dubrava and Zagreb before joining Cibona of the Croatian A1 league in 2012. That was the most successful year of Saric’s young career to that point. He averaged 11.8 PPG and 7.4 RPG in the best league he had ever played in. Saric was also chosen that year to play for the international team at the Nike Hoop Summit, where he excelled against the world’s best young talent. He logged 13 points, 14 rebounds and five assists while leading the international team to a victory. Saric also led his Croatian national team to the FIBA Europe Under-18 title that season, taking home the MVP honors with a 39-point, 11-rebound performance in the finals. Saric entered the 2013 NBA Draft but eventually withdrew his name. He has entered the Draft yet again this year and all signs point to him remaining in the Draft.