Morning Sixers – Friday, March 24th, 2017

Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017 06:27 AM
Dario Saric

“How much has Dario improved his defense this year from beginning to now? And we talk about what players “fit” with Joel and Simmons – so what players are good fits next to Dario. Are they basically the same as Ben?”

— Aaron

Just going based off of recall and not diving too deep into rewatching games from earlier this year or deep into the statistics, I think his defense has mostly remained consistent, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

Dario has always been a player who rotates well, has a solid grasp of defensive concepts, and hustles his ass off. It’s something I explored a little bit last summer while he was playing for Croatia.

Dario’s also rather limited physically, with short arms, slow lateral foot speed, struggles changing direction, and earthbound jumping off two feet (or, really, jumping at all). Because of that he’s not much of a shot blocker, struggles when switched onto perimeter players, and has rotations he just can’t get to.

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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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