Sixers Travel To Spain To Support Saric At FIBA

by Max Rappaport
Sixers.com Writer
@MaxRappaport

¡Saludos desde España!

The 2014 FIBA World Cup began on Saturday, with 24 teams representing 24 nations from across the globe descending upon Spain for a basketball tournament that occurs just once every four years. 

A total of 45 current NBA players are participating in the event, and 17 more have connections to NBA teams via draft rights. One of those 17 players is Croatian forward Dario Saric, whose rights were acquired by Philadelphia during the 2014 Draft. This week, a five-man Sixers contingent consisting of President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Sam Hinkie, head coach Brett Brown, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Michael Carter-Williams traveled to Spain to watch the 20-year-old Saric firsthand.

"I am proud of the effort our three players – Nerlens, Joel, and Michael – have made to fly to Spain in order to show their support for Dario, another cornerstone of our program," said Coach Brown. "The opportunity for all of us to spend quality time with each other and continue to discuss how we are going to build our program is very exciting.

"As a group we are committed to getting this right."

Through five games, Saric has averaged 13.2 points (52.2 FG%, 92.9 FT%), 6.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 26.0 minutes. On Thursday, he put together perhaps his best performance of the tournament, notching 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting to go along with four rebounds and three assists in just 14 minutes in a 102-82 win over Puerto Rico. 

Croatia (3-2) is back in action Saturday at noon (EST) when they take on France (3-2) in the first round of single-elimination play. Catch the action on NBA TV and WatchESPN.com.

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