Saric played in 50 games during his second season with the Suns. The 27-year-old averaged 8.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.6 steals across 17.4 minutes per game. The 2014 first-round pick shot 44.7 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from three and 84.8 percent from the free-throw line. Saric started four games on the season and averaged 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 23.5 minutes per game. The Croatian native scored double-digit points 21 times and 20-plus points twice, including a season-high 21 against the Lakers on March 2. During the 114-104 win, he went 7-for-17 from the field, 2-for-5 from three and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. He also accumulated five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes of action. The 6-foot-10 forward grabbed five-plus rebounds 23 times, including a season-high nine against the Blazers on Feb. 22. He also dished out multiple assists 23 times, including a season-high four on two occasions. Defensively, the fifth-year big registered multiple steals seven times, including a season-high four against the Sixers on Feb. 13. Per 36 minutes, Saric averaged 18.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.2 blocks.2019
On Jul. 6, 2019, Saric was traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves with Cameron Johnson to the Phoenix Suns for Jarrett Culver. Saric appeared in 48 games for the Suns before the All-Star break, making 43 starts. He saw 24.8 minutes per game and averaged 9.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Arguably his best performance of the break took place Oct. 30 during a 121-110 victory over the Warriors. Saric played 31 minutes and posted 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals. The steals represented a season high. Twice before the break, the big power forward grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds. On Nov. 24, Saric posted 18 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, four three-pointers and one block in a loss at Denver. On Dec. 14, Saric again grabbed 17 boards to go with 19 points in a home loss to the Spurs. Saric appeared in all eight games for the Suns during the Orlando restart, making one start but working mostly off the bench. Dating back to late-February, Saric averaged 15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists over his final 14 games. Saric reached double-figures in all 14 of those contests, headlined by a pair of 24-point outings -- both against Portland (Mar. 6 and Mar. 10). In Orlando, Saric averaged 14.8 points and 7.6 rebounds, while shooting 52.4 percent from beyond the arc. He capped Phoenix's 8-0 run through seeding play with 16 points, six rebounds and two assists in the season finale against Dallas on Aug. 13.2018
Saric began the 2018-19 campaign as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers but was traded to Minnesota just 13 games into the season. He finished the year with combined averages of 10.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. With the Timberwolves, Saric saw his field-goal percentage increase nearly 10 percent compared to his mark with the 76ers, from 36.4 to 45.4. His success rate from beyond the arc also rose substantially following the trade, going from 30 to 38.3 percent, albeit on fewer attempts per game. The 24-year-old finished the year with 46 games of double-digit point production, 16 of which came over the final 20 games of the regular season. Saric eclipsed 20 points twice, highlighted by a season-high 23 versus the Thunder on April 7. Playing primarily as a stretch four, nearly half of Saric's attempts last season came from behind the three-point line (46 percent) with him connecting 36.5 percent of the time. All year long, Saric was proficient from the free-throw line, finishing the season with the 11th-best conversion rate from the charity stripe (88 percent). He has now posted three consecutive seasons of 100 or more made threes to begin his NBA career, while also averaging double-digit scoring and logging 2,000-plus minutes played in each of those years.2017
On the heels of a standout rookie campaign for Philadelphia, Saric saw his role expanded even further in his second season with the 76ers. He averaged close to 30 minutes per contest (29.6) while setting career-highs in points (14.6), rebounds (6.7) and assists (2.6). Saric cracked the 30-minute mark in 41 of Philadelphia's 82 games. He also played a whopping 49:19 worth of action in a triple overtime loss to Oklahoma City on December 15. Offensively, Saric was a steady contributor for the 76ers throughout the course of the season. He shot career-best marks -- compared to his rookie stellar rookie season -- from both the field (45.3 percent) and free-throw line (86.0 percent). Saric finished in double figures in scoring 61 times while pulling down five or more rebounds on 60 separate occasions. Overall, Saric posted 13 double-doubles, headlined by a 26-point, 14-rebound effort in a win over the Knicks on March 28. Saric contributed on the defensive end of the floor as well. He averaged nearly one steal (0.7) per game for a second straight season including a career-best four thefts against Miami on April 16 -- the first game of the 2017-18 playoffs for the Sixers.2016
By the time Saric was ready to join the 76ers for his rookie year, he was already a relatively polished player overseas. He had played at some of the highest levels of his age group throughout his career, and even took home the 2012 FIBA Under-18 Championships MVP award. After getting drafted in 2014, he spent two more years in the Adriatic league before joining Philadelphia prior to the 2016 season. Saric contributed immediately, putting up 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting in just his third NBA game. He went on to appear in 81 games during his rookie campaign, starting 36 of them. Saric ended up starting the final 25 games of that season for the Sixers, averaging 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists over that span. He took home Rookie of the Month honors in both February and March, with his season-high scoring total of 32 points coming March 24 against the Bulls. When it was all said and done, Saric's 12.8 points-per-game scoring average was the fourth best on the team, and the 6-foot-10 forward's free-throw percentage (88.0) was the 11th best mark in the league. At the end of the year, Saric was named to the 2016-17 All-Rookie first team.