"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: After spending most of the season coming off of the bench, Saric was in the starting lineup for Anadolu Efes matchup against Karsiyaka on February 15th. The Sixers first-round pick was pretty dominant, scoring 15 points on 5-8 shooting, and pulling down 8 rebounds in the team's loss. Efes also took part in the Turkish Cup final, one of the Turkish Basketball League's tournaments in the middle of their regular season. Once again Saric was on his game, finishing with 17 points and 9 rebounds as Efes took home the title. You can watch highlights of the game below:
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Strong play from Saric over the past week and a half has given his stats a bit of a boost. He's now averaging 9.8 points per game on 45.8% shooting, as well as 4.5 rebounds per game. Efes is back in action Friday for a Euroleague game against Laboral Vitoria.
Jordan McRae: McRae's tenure in Australia has come to a close this past week, as Melbourne United failed to make the NBL playoffs. The former Tennessee Vol was just a combined 7-28 over his last two games, but that doesn't take away from all he accomplished down under. He finished the year with averages of 18.8 points (second best in the NBL) and 5 rebounds per game, and was certainly a fan favorite in Melbourne. He returned to the United States yesterday, but his 2014-15 season may not be over just yet. According to a league source, the Delaware 87ers of the D-League have expressed interest in adding McRae to the roster before the season ends. The source went on to say that McRae will not know his fate until Saturday. Regardless of any contract he signs the 87ers, the Sixers would still hold his NBA rights. However, Philadelphia could not call him up to the 15-man roster if he is on a D-League designated contract.
2015 Draft Prospects
Mario Hezonja: A likely top 10 pick if he opts to declare, Hezonja is making his impact felt. In a domestic game in Spain against FIATC Joventut, he finished with 16 points, and shot 4-7 from beyond the arc. In nearly 17 minutes of action a night, Hezonja is averaging 7.1 points on 49.3% shooting, and is just under 43% from beyond the arc. Hezonja is 6th in Draft Express's 2015 Mock Draft.
Kristaps Porzingis: Porzingis is typically regarded as the one of the best Euro prospects likely to be in the class of 2015 draft. In his most recent Liga ACB game with Sevilla, Porzingis scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a win over Bilbao Basket. In 37 games this season, the Latvian is averaging 10.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He's also trying to add a three-point shot to his arsenal, and is shooting 38.8% from beyond the arc. Draft Express has him 8th in their 2015 mock.