Morning Sixers – Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Updated: Thursday, April 6, 2017 10:48 AM

“Do you agree with Pelton’s conclusion that Aaron Gordon is more valuable than Dario Saric?”

— Steven

*Note: this is all in response to a picture which leaked Orlando’s offseason priorities, which indicated a potential Saric for Gordon swap. 

I was a little bit surprised at how quickly Sixers fans dismissed Gordon when that whiteboard was leaked.

Sure, I get it. Heck, general managers fight through the very real tendency to overvalue their own players, so it’s natural that fans would as well. You spend so much time becoming invested in these guys that it’s natural to do so.

But that doesn’t excuse that tendency. If anything, you have to be extra diligent to fight through that.

Gordon and Saric are interesting not only because they were in the same draft, and because Orlando essentially decided they’d rather have Elfrid Payton than Dario Saric and a future 1st round pick, but also because Gordon and Saric are so drastically different as players.

On the one side you have a hyper-skilled, creative, limited athlete who struggles defensively because of it. On the other end you have a super athlete who hasn’t yet full developed his perimeter game, but has defensive versatility for days.

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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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  • Jeff Dommel

    Im keeping the homie. No way am i looking to move him not even for a super. Lets look at all our pieces next year and then decide whether we need to make changes. With a nucleus of Embiid, Saric, Simmons and whatever 1st rder/s we get , let um play a season out,then lets start talking about dismantle_ment of what we tanked so hard for. I would’ve had kept nerlens personally but maybe Anderson can transform into his full potential under BB. If nothing else Brett gets 120 from his guys even if they’re not NBA players. Which im not saying that anout Anderson hes shpwn flashes, i just think healthy the skies the limit for this team with BB at the helm. Trust the process,we had to this long no going back now. Really who would want too?