Dario Saric: It's been a few weeks off the grid, so we've got quite a bit of unpacking to do from the month of March. Or, The Month of The Homie Dario (TM).
In six games, both Euroleague and TBL play, he's going for 10.5 points, six boards and a couple of dimes per game on 42/44.4/86.7 in about 24 minutes per game. The highlight of his month came Monday against Turk Telekom, when he had potentially his strongest outing of the year, with 26 points and 10 rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting, a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, 4-of-5 from downtown and enough onions to feed the entire city of Istanbul.
Maçın adamı Dario Saric'in Efes'i ipten alan 3'lüğü! pic.twitter.com/LnDWtcjW5s— Hızlı Hücum (@hizlihucum) March 21, 2016
Fun fact: "Dario Saric" is actually Serbo-Croatian for "eat this dagger". Seriously, the man has cajones. He knows his way around a big shot and he's tough as nails. Regardless of his stateside status this summer, he's going to be loved in Philadelphia.
Anyway, with just a few more Euroleague contests to play (including a match-up with Unicaja later today) and a few weeks to go in the regular season, we're starting to see what Saric's collective body of work will look like when the year's finished. And it looks pretty damn good.
MVP Dario Saric'ten 26 sayı 10 ribaunt (2P: 4/7, 3P: 4/5, FT: 6/6) pic.twitter.com/523DHUWgq1— Hızlı Hücum (@hizlihucum) March 21, 2016
Vasilije Micic: Now that we got the fun out of the way, it's time to talk about Micic. Things haven't been nearly as rosy for him this season, as I've documented, and March has treated him even worse. He's going for three points and four assists per game in 15 minutes or so, shooting 27.3/12.5/67. He's limping to the finish line in a season that saw him leave Bayern Munich for a larger role elsewhere, failing to capitalize on the opportunity.
Micic stumbled into the season recovering from nagging injuries and he's had a rough go of it from start-to-finish. His chances of coming stateside any time soon are probably slim, but it'll be interesting to see if he can put together a decent enough body of work in a full season with Crvena Zvezda next year. The club has sent players like notable Sixer-killer Boban Marjanovic as well as 2014 second-round pick Nemanja Dangubic to the draft, so it's not exactly a lost cause development wise. We'll see if he can turn things around and put this dreadful season in the rearview.