Dario Saric

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Dario Saric

Dario Saric

Dario Saric is a Croatian professional basketball player. Dario Saric now plays for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA. Saric has demonstrated exceptional skills as a power forward for Croatian teams, NBA teams, and the national team.

His abilities have earned him numerous awards during his career, including FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship MVP in 2012, two Croatian Cup champions in 2010 and 2013, and Croatian League Finals MVP in 2013.

Childhood, Families, and Education

Dario Saric was born in Sibenik, Croatia, on April 8, 1994, to Predrag and Veselinka Saric.

Dana Saric, his younger sister, is his sibling.

Saric grew up in a family of professional basketball players.

Predrag Saric, Dairo’s father, is a former professional basketball player in Croatia who played for teams such as Sibenka, Zadar, and Triglav Osiguranje Rijeka.

Saric’s mother, Veselinka Saric, was also a professional female basketball player in Croatia.

Dana Saric, his younger sister, is a basketball player for ZKK Sibenik, a professional women’s basketball club in Croatia.

Saric is an Aries, according to his horoscope. Passion, motivation, and determination are the most typical characteristics of Aries.

These characteristics can certainly be seen in Saric throughout his professional basketball career.

There is no information about Dario’s educational history accessible from any sources.

Dario, on the other hand, was born and reared in Croatia, therefore we can infer he attended Croatian schools.

Salary and Net Worth

Dario Saric’s net worth is estimated to be in the range of $15 million.

Saric is a successful basketball player who has represented the national team and played for numerous major teams.

In addition, NBA players earn an average of $2.5 million per year.

His compensation for the Minnesota Timberwolves was $2.5 million, according to his previous contracts.

In the 2016-2017 season, he earned $2.3 million with the Philadelphia 76ers.

It was $2.4 million in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Dario is presently a member of the Phoenix Suns and will earn $3.4 million in the 2020-2021 season.

In addition, his pay for the years 2021-2022 is expected to be $4.7 million.

Facts of Dario Saric

Full Name Dario Saric
Birth Date 8th April 1994
Birth Place Sibenik, Croatia
Age 28 Years Old
Nickname “The Homie,” “Super Dario,” “Sisi”
Religion Roman Catholic
Nationality Croatian
Education Not Available
Horoscope Aries
Father’s Name Predrag Saric
Mother’s Name Veselka Saric
Siblings Dana Saric
Height 6’10” (2.08 m)
Weight 225 lb (102 kgs)
Build Athletic
Shoe Size Not Available
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
League NBA
Active Years 2009–present
Marital Status Unmarried
Girlfriend Karla Puseljic
Children None
Profession Professional Basketball Player
Position Power Forward
Former Teams Zrinjevac, Zagreb, Dubrava, Cibona, Anadolu Efes, Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves
Net Worth $15 million
Career Highlights & Awards FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship MVP- 2012FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship MVP- 2010

Croatian League Finals MVP- 2013

2× Croatian Cup champion- 2010, 2013, etc.

Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
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Last Update June 2022

Profession and Career

The Formative Years

Dario started his professional career with Zrinjevac, a professional men’s basketball team based in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2009.

During the 2009–10 season, Saric won the tournament’s MVP award following a triple-double in the final game with 19 points, 14 rebounds, and ten assists.

Dario with his companions Mario Hezonja and Dominik Mavra won the Citta di Roma EuroLeague (IJT) in May 2011.

In addition, Dario was nominated for the FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year Award in 2010 and 2011.

Dario Saric
Dario Saric in a basketball match. Source: nj

For the second year in a row, Dario was selected to compete for the World Team at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon.

The World Squad’s international players defeated the US team in the all-star game, and Saric had thirteen points, fourteen rebounds, and five assists.

Zagreb Cibona

In November 2012, Dario signed a four-year contract with Croatian club Cibona. He was nominated for the FIBA Europe Young Men’s Player of the Year Award again the following year, finishing second.

On April 4th, 2013, Saric made the decision to enter the 2013 NBA draft.

He decided not to enter the NBA draft two days after his first declaration and wanted to play one more season for KK Cibona.

Saric was named MVP of the Croatian finals in 2013, as well as the Croatian National Cup and Croatian League Championship with Cibona.

Dario has also voted the 2013 FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year in February 2014, when he was picked to the ideal team and won the Adriatic League MVP in April 2014.

Cibona won the league championship at the competition’s Final Four. As a result, Dario was voted the Final Four MVP, as well as the ABA League’s Top Prospect for the 2013-2014 season.

Anadolu Efes

Dario inked a two-year contract with Anadolu Efes of Turkey on June 24, 2014, just before the NBA draft.

Dario was the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. On draft night, though, the Orlando Magic traded his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Elfrid Payton.

He claimed after the draft that he intended to play in Europe for at least another year, but that he would eventually play in the NBA.

Saric was named MVP of the Month for November in the EuroLeague 2014–15 season, making him the league’s youngest player to receive a monthly Most Valuable Player honor.

Dario was named the 2014 FIBA Europe Young Men’s Player of the Year in January 2015, his second consecutive honor.

On July 15, 2016, Saric signed a contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Dario was selected Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month by the NBA on March 2nd, 2017 for games played in February with the Philadelphia 76ers.

In a 118–116 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Dario set a new career-best with 29 points.

He finally exceeded that number on March 24, 2017, as he scored 32 points in a 117–107 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

For the second month in a row, he was selected Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month by the NBA, as well as NBA All-Rookie First Team, and second in NBA Rookie of the Year.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Philadelphia 76ers traded Dario to the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 12th, 2018, along with Jerryd Bayless and Robert Covington, for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton.

Two days later, Saric made his Timberwolves debut, scoring nine points in 20 minutes in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

On July 6th, 2019, the Minnesota Wolves traded Dario and Cameron Johnson to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Jarrett Culver.

In a 116–104 loss to the Denver Nuggets on November 24th, Dario scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds.

He later matched his career-high of 17 rebounds on December 14th in Mexico City, scoring 19 points in an overtime defeat against the San Antonio Spurs.

Career in the national team

After leading Croatia’s Under-16 national team to victory in the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, Saric was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Dario became the second player after Ricky Rubio in 2006 to record a triple-double in the final.

Dario won gold with Croatia’s Under-18 national team at the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, when he led the team in scoring and rebounds.

In the gold medal game against Lithuania, Saric scored 39 points to lead Croatia to triumph. The tournament’s Most Valuable Player was Dario.

He finished fourth in scoring and third in rebounding for Croatia’s Under-19 national team at the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Cup.

FIBA Europe

At EuroBasket 2013, Dario made his first appearance for Croatia’s senior men’s national basketball team in a FIBA competition.

In each game, he averaged 5.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 0.9 assists.

He also played in the 2014 FIBA World Cup for Croatia’s senior men’s squad, averaging 11.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.

The Croatian team was ousted in the eighth finals of EuroBasket 2015 by the Czech Republic.

Dario averaged 2.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 9.7 points per game during the six games, shooting 44.7 percent from the field.

Saric represented Croatia once more at EuroBasket 2017. The Croatian team was eliminated in the 16th round by Russia.

Dario averaged 14.8 points, 2.5 assists, 32.4 minutes, and 6.7 rebounds per game during the tournament while shooting 37.4 percent from the field.

Olympic Games in 2016

Dario represented Croatia at the 2016 Olympic Games, where they were defeated by Serbia in the quarter-finals.

Saric averaged 33.1 minutes, 6.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 11.8 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting from the field in six tournament games.


In 2018, Saric suffered an injury on the first play of a game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. It was a game on a Tuesday night.

He was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers at the time. He had a cut on the upper lip, as well as a chipped left central incisor (big tooth).

The injury was caused by a collision between Saric and Atlanta Hawks power forward John Collins.

Dario, a power forward for the Phoneix Suns, wears jersey number 20. Saric’s jersey is available for purchase on the Global NBA store’s website.


Karla Puseljic is now Dario Saric’s girlfriend.

The duo has reportedly been dating since 2012.

Karla relocated to the United States with Dario when he signed with an NBA franchise.

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Body Measurements, Age, and Height

Dario Saric is 28 years old as of 2022. His height is stated as 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) and his weight is listed as 225 lb (102 kg).

His body stats are regarded as important assets as a power forward.

Social Media Presence

His Instagram has 111k followers, 32k followers on Twitter, and 47k likes on Facebook.