76ers forward Dario Saric named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Monday, April 3, 2017
Philadelphia 76ers' Dario Saric (9) reacts after sinking a basket against the Orlando Magic during the final moments of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Orlando.

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric has been named the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for March.

Saric has won the award in back-to-back months. He leads all qualified rookies in scoring.

Saric is the second 76ers player to win the award multiple times this season, joining center Joel Embiid (October/November, December and January). It's the first time a team has had two different players win the award multiple times in the same season.

Saric averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes per game in 17 March contests.

Saric is the fourth 76ers player to be named Rookie of the Month multiple times and the fifth to win it since the award's inception in 1981-82.

He joins Embiid (three times in 2016-17), Michael Carter-Williams (four times in 2013-14), Allen Iverson (twice in 1996-97) and Jerry Stackhouse (once in 1995-96).