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Sixers Overseas: McRae Wins NBL Honors

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Updates on McRae, Saric, and some 2015 draft prospects as well.

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"Sixers Overseas" is your weekly update on 76ers prospects who are spanning the globe, from Turkey to Australia and everywhere in between. Now with 2015 draft prospects, too!

Dario Saric - Saric and Anadolu Efes continue to roll, but the Sixers 2014 first round pick is now making his impact coming off the bench. Milko Bjelica replaced Saric in the starting five in Efes win over Eskisehir Basket on December 14th, where the Croatian sensation chipped in 10 points on 3-7 shooting, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. Saric was back in the starting lineup for Efes Euroleague loss against Real Madrid on December 18th, and performed admirably. He finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals, while posting a Performance Index Rating of 17. You can see highlights from the game here. Efes was back in domestic action on the 21st, and once again Saric was relegated to the bench. In 20 minutes of action he scored just 8 points and added 6 assists in a win over Torku Konyaspor. Through 18 games this year, Saric is now averaging 11 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Jordan McRae - McRae has been scorching hot since returning to the land down under, earning himself NBL Player of the Week honors after a string of great performances. In a December 19th victory over the Wollongong Hawks, McRae dropped 30 points on 11-16 shooting, including 3-4 from beyond the arc. You can peep the highlights right here. The 2014 second round pick was at it again in a victory over the Sydney Kings, scoring 30 points on 12-19 shooting, and pulled down 5 rebounds. McRae is now averaging 23.3 points per game on the NBL season, ahead of former NBA player Josh Childress for the scoring title.

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Draft Prospects

Mario Hezonja - After seeing little playing time to start the year, Hezonja is beginning to find a role within Barcelona's squad. The Croatian national started Barca's Euroleague victory over Panathinaikos, scoring 9 points on 4-9 shooting. Hezonja remained in the starting lineup against Estudiantes, dropping 8 points on 3-5 shooting. The 2015 draft prospect is averaging just 4 points per game, but doing so on 52.5% shooting. DraftExpress has him as the 7th overall pick in their 2015 Mock Draft.

Kristaps Porzingis - Porzingis is typically regarded as a top five talent in the 2015 draft, although he hasn't really put up the numbers to show that. The Latvian's club, Sevilla, took on CEZ Nymburg in EuroCup action last week, where Porzingis scored 5 points and pulled down 2 rebounds. In Liga ACB action Sunday, Porzingis chipped in just 4 points on 2-7 shooting in a 20-point loss to Andorra. He's averaging 8.5 points on 42.4% shooting in 12 games played this season. DraftExpress has him as the 5th overall pick in their 2015 mock draft.