In just two years as an NBA player, Dario Saric has proven that the accolades he won while playing in Europe were not a fluke as he has been able to reproduce the goods in the supposed much more competitive American league.
The 6 feet 10 inches tall, 223 pounds heavy power forward for the Philadelphia 76ers, who is a two-time winner of the FIBA European Young Player of the Year award, is a 2017 NBA All-Rookie First Team member who has proven pivotal to his team’s success as they challenge for top honors in the Eastern Conference.
Dario Saric was born on the 8th of April 1994 in Sibenik, Croatia. He is the son of former professional basketballers; Predrag and Veselinka Saric who influenced their son to pursue a career in the sport.
Saric began his professional basketball career at the age of 15 with Zagreb-based club Zrinjevac which plays in the Croatian second division. After a few months with the team, his performances caught the attention of first division club Zagreb who he joined in-between the 2009-10 season although he was loaned to another Croatian club called Dubrava for much of the 2010–11 season.
In 2011 also, Saric attended, won, and was named the MVP of the Euroleague Basketball Next Generation Tournament. His career continued to progress and he was recognized as one of the brightest talents coming out of Europe, which earned him a nomination for the 2012 FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year Award. During this time, Saric was playing for another Zagreb based club, Cibona. By the time the 2013 NBA Draft was coming up, Saric declared himself available but later retracted his declaration opting to play another season in Europe. The decision paid off as he was named the 2013 FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year when he won the Croatian National Cup and Croatian League championship.
In 2014, after declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft where he was selected with the 12th overall pick by the Orlando Magic who subsequently traded his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers, Dario Saric moved to Turkish team Anadolu Efes. He again said he wanted to continue his development in Europe for at least one more year before heading to the NBA. He, however, stayed in Europe for two years, winning the 2014 FIBA Europe Young Men’s Player of the Year before signing a contract in the NBA.
Career Stats, Highlights, and Injuries
Dario Saric enjoyed an explosive first rookie season in the NBA, recording multiple 20-plus points games which earned him a participation in the 2017 All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge. After that event, Saric was named back to back Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for the months of February and March. At the end of the season, after averaging 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 81 games, he came second in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
In the 2017-18 seahttp://fabwags.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Dario-Saric-Girlfriend-Karla-Puseljic.jpgson, Saric averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 78 regular season games despite suffering from a soreness in his right elbow for most of the campaign. He further helped his team make the playoffs where he averaged 17.2 points and 7.3 rebounds in 10 games.
What is his Salary and Net Worth?
In 2016, Dario Saric put pen to paper on a 3-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers worth $7,267,680. This means that he will be receiving an average annual salary of $2,422,560 and therefore is the 9th best-paid player on the Sixers’ roster.
It is however not clear what his exact net worth is seeing that he is only a three-year NBA veteran and has not reached the peak earning part of his career.
Dario Saric’s Relationships
Usually, the details about an NBA player’s wife or girlfriend is just a click away on your favorite search engine with a boatload of pictures also available for anyone’s viewing pleasure. However, when it comes to players who are originally from Europe, the information about their partners, who are also usually from their home countries, are unavailable. The few times when you are able to find something, its either very limited or sketchy because it is lost in translation as is the case with Dario Saric’s partner, Karla Puseljic.
Saric is said to have been dating compatriot Puseljic since 2012. When he finally made the move to come over to the United States and sign a deal with the 76ers, she was reportedly by his side all through. No other details are known about her other than that she was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and her parents are Kika and Zoran Puseljic.