"Sixers Overseas" is your weekly update on 76ers prospects who are spanning the globe, from Turkey to Australia and everywhere in between.
Dario Saric: Saric and Anadolu Efes returned to Euroleague action after a two-week layoff with a victory over Laboral Kuxta Vitoria. Philadelphia's first round pick started in Efes' victory, and finished with 9 points on 3-8 shooting and a team-leading 8 rebounds. The club returned to Turkey for domestic action, and squeaked out a 78-77 against a high powered Besiktas team. Saric began the game on the bench, and finished with 6 points on 2-6 shooting, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in 19 minutes. Efes then returned to Euroleague action on Friday, where the Croatian forward scored just 5 points on 2-4 shooting in over 29 minutes of action. While Dario isn't putting up the point totals he was when he was named Euroleague player of the month in November, he simply isn't even getting shots right now. In 22 games this season, he's averaging 10.5 points per game on 42.6% shooting from the floor.
Jordan McRae: McRae has seen his efficiency hit the deck over the past several games, maybe in part because of a nagging groin injury. In a December 28th tilt against the Perth Wildcats, he played just 11 minutes, scoring 6 points on 1-4 shooting from the floor. Despite a poor way to end December, McRae was still honored as the NBL's Player of the Month. The former Tennessee Vol played nearly 27 minutes in Melbourne's January 2nd game against the Sydney Kings, where he scored 17 points on 5-13 shooting, and pulled in 5 rebounds. He put together his best performance over the past few weeks in a loss to Adelaide Saturday. McRae scored 16 points on 6-14 shooting, as well as 7 rebounds and 2 assists. On the season, he's averaging 19.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The NBL regular season culminates with playoffs in March, and McRae could join Philadelphia then.
Arsalan Kazemi: Chongqing has played an NBA-like schedule, with six games over the course of twelve days. Kazemi helped lead the charge in a December 28th loss to the Jiangsu Dragons, scoring 22 points and pulling in 10 rebounds in 39 minutes of action. The former Oregon Duck rang in New Year's with a one-point loss to the Dongguan Leopards, where he scored 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Kazemi sat out the Fly Dragons' next two games before returning to action January 6th, where he scored 11 points and snagged 11 rebounds. Teammate Willie Warren put up 51 points in a 23-point loss. Chongqing was once again in action Friday, and Kazemi scored 14 points on 7-8 shooting as his team lost another game by double-digits. He has played very well this season despite being on a horrid team, and is averaging 14.5 points and 13.2 rebounds per game.