In the 2014 NBA Draft the Sixers had two first round picks, they drafted Joelle Embiid third overall and then had the tenth overall pick, but traded it to the Orlando Magic for the twelfth overall pick in which they chose Power Forward, Dario Saric. Saric has not stepped foot on an NBA court and has received very little press coverage, this is because he is signed to a three year contract with Anadolu Efes Istanbul a team in the Turkish Basketball League. It is easy to forget that Saric is technically a Sixer, because he will likely not be in Philadelphia for a few years.
Dario Saric was voted FIBA’s Young Player of the Year for the second consecutive year in 2014-2015 season. He is expected to finish his current contract with his current team in Europe which ends in 2016. This means that he is more than likely to be a Sixer in the 2016-2017 season. Saric is six foot ten inches tall and plays a finesse European style of basketball much like Andrea Bargnani. Saric started out this season in the Euro-league only playing 17-22 minutes per game, but has become a staple on his team recently averaging nearly 28 minutes a game. He will add quality shooting which is desperately needed on this Sixers team as well as a more structured and fundamental style of play. The only problem that is posed by his potential presence on the 76ers is the fact that the Sixers already have two young big men, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid, and are likely to draft another big man in this upcoming draft. Despite all the off season moves and the upcoming draft, remember that there is a 21 year old Power Forward in Europe making waves that will join the Sixers towards the end of their rebuilding process.