Dario Saric is rookie of the month in the East

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Aris Barkas

02/Mar/17 21:11

Eurohoops.net

Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric was named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in February, the NBA announced today. He leads all qualified NBA rookies in points and rebounds per game.

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

Saric is the second Sixers player to win the award this season, joining center Joel Embiid (October/November, December and January). The last team to have two different winners in the same season was Milwaukee in 2007-08.

Saric averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes per game in 12 February contests. He scored in double figures in 11 of 12 those games, including five 20-point games. No other rookie had more than two 20-point games, while the entire rookie class outside of Saric totaled seven such games.

From Feb. 8-28, Saric posted 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game. The only players aside from the Croatian rookie with such averages were Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, New Orleans’ DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State’s Kevin Durant, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.