Two of the Philadelphia 76ers' newest members will be the only ones representing the club in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Sergio Rodrgiuez (Spain) and Dario Saric (Croatia) will both be representing their national teams when the action tips off on August 6. The 30-year-old Rodriguez will be making his second Olympic appearance after helping Spain win silver in 2012, while Saric is making his Olympic debut. It's the first time in Sixers history they have two players on the active roster representing the team in the Olympics.
Croatia and Spain recently wrapped up a series of friendlies leading up to their opening game, and both Rodriguez and Saric have had standout moments.
"El Chacho" appeared in four of Spain's five warm up games, averaging 8.5 points and 3.8 assists per contest. Most importantly, Rodriguez is shooting 67 percent (8/12) from three-point range, and Philadelphia desperately needs a couple consistent perimeter shooting threats come October. Rodriguez's best game came on July 25 in a 91-55 victory over Venezuela, where he shot a perfect 4/4 from the field and dished out a couple highlight reel assists.
Saric registered just 5 points in a July 29 beatdown at the hands of Argentina, but certainly made up for it the following day. His 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists helped propel Croatia to a 74-70 win over a very talented France team. Between the eye opening assists and a couple impressive jumpers, the highlights show a little bit of what we've come to expect out of Dario.
Both Spain and Croatia are now off for a couple days, but the two national teams will face each other in their group play opener on August 7. While Saric and Rodriguez are foes for the time being, watching them collaborate on the pick-and-roll as members of the Sixers will be enough alone to keep fans entertained.