Golden State Warriors’ forward Dario Saric has again showcased his playmaking ability, leading Croatia to a third-straight win at the FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.
After 31 and 32-point victories in their opening two games against Belgium and Sweden respectively, Saric and the Croatians were forced to work a little harder before prevailing with an 89-81 win over the Netherlands.
Dario Saric’s form with Croatia continues to provide a glimpse as to what he could provide the Golden State Warriors next season.
Saric had his fingertips on a lot of what Croatia did offensively, dropping an astonishing 12 assists as they fought off a third-quarter comeback from the Netherlands. Saric’s passing versatility has been on full display, with the 29-year-old dishing seven assists against Sweden earlier in the week.
The 6’10” big man also had 13 points, six rebounds and three steals, shooting 6-for-11 from the floor. While Saric was just 1-for-4 from three-point range, he was 4-for-6 from deep over the opening two games.
Saric was a game-high +11 in his 26-and-a-half minutes, the second time in three games that he’s led all players in plus-minus. He’s now a +64 in a little over 80 minutes during the tournament.
The eight-year NBA veteran signed a one-year minimum contract with the Warriors in free agency, with Saric presenting as a valuable addition for a franchise facing financial restrictions entering the offseason.
The eight-year NBA veteran’s skillset projects as a seamless fit to the Warrior offense. His ability to find cutters or open shooters, whether from post-ups or at the top of the perimeter, could work perfectly next to the likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Saric is currently playing a lot of his minutes alongside LA Clippers’ big man Ivica Zubac, but is expected to play more as a small-ball center on a Warrior roster lacking a traditional center beyond Kevon Looney.