Morning Sixers – Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 09:21 AM

“What are your thoughts on Lonzo Ball, particularly with how he fits with the 76ers?”

— Noah

This will obviously be (relatively) brief thoughts. I’ll have a more in-depth scouting report as we get closer to the draft.

Any discussion about Ball starts with his transition play, which can be described as nothing short of elite, with a degree of creativity, vision, flair, and, most importantly, smarts that is just incredibly unique, and valuable. He’ll also grab the rebound himself (14.5% defensive rebounding rate) and push the ball immediately, and the combination of Ball, Simmons, and Saric would be something to watch.

Things become a little bit more murky in the half half court, but he’s still very much a contributor. Yes, nearly a third of Ball’s assists have come in transition, but he still maintains 2.6-to-1 assist to turnover ratio in the half court, strong number itself.

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Derek Bodner

Derek Bodner is a credentialed reporter covering the Philadelphia 76ers independently for He is also a college basketball scout for, and an NBA contributor for The Ringer. Contact Information: / @DerekBodnerNBA

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  • Token

    How are they gonna be able to keep Saric off the floor next year? You almost have to start this kid dont you? Will either him or Simmons be able to man SF full time is the issue