The Sixers have one of the more talented up-and-coming rosters in the NBA right now. With all of the hype surrounding the current roster, it’s easy to forget about what the team has to add to this nucleus: overseas assets.
Furkan Korkmaz, who came over from Turkey, will play this season. The 20-year-old sharp-shooter has an elite spot up shooting ability that he can utilize greater with a talented passer like Ben Simmons dishing out assists. After Korkmaz, there’s several other talented players currently stashed and playing in other countries around the world. Here are some of the guys that Sixer fans can look forward to helping contribute to future success:
Vasilije Micić: The 23-year-old Serbian point guard is currently playing for Žalgiris Kaunas in the EuroLeague. The Sixers selected him 52nd overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. He has accomplished some pretty impressive feats over the past couple of years, including becoming an ABA League and Serbian League champion in 2016, and being awarded the 2014 Serbian Cup MVP.
His game has improved greatly over the past few years. In his 2016 season with Tofas Bursa, he shot almost 47 percent from the floor and shot over 39 percent from three. The 6’5 guard looks like another impressive shooter, similar to Korkmaz, and the Sixers should be looking forward to the possibility of him joining the team after the 2019 season.
Anzejs Pasecniks: Pasecniks was one of the top foreign prospects in this year’s draft and was projected to go in the 20s. He went 25th overall and was sent to the Sixers in a trade with the Orlando Magic.
The 7’2 center from Latvia was considered one of the more agile and versatile prospects in the draft, as defensively he has quick enough feet to defend well and can still excel in blocking shots. Offensively, he is a great finisher around the rim, especially finishing off lobs thrown his way. As he continues to work on his jump shot, he has the potential to turn into an impressive pick-and-pop player as well. The 21-year-old can excel in that fashion with the great ball handlers the Sixers now possess on the team. He is a three-time LBL champion, Spanish Supercup champion, and a part of the Spanish League All-Young Players team, all quality accomplishments.
Jonah Bolden: Luckily, fans had the opportunity to experience his play in the Summer league this year, and he look talented. He seemed to fit the Sixers extremely well, showing the athleticism needed to keep up with the up-tempo playing style the Sixers look to play. Perhaps the best part of his play was his defense. The 6’10 forward was able to show off his defensive ability by disrupting passing lanes and beautifully blocking shots in his vicinity.
I do believe he easily earned a spot on the team, if only we had a spot for him. Until then, he is currently playing on a two-year deal in Serbia. If the Sixers want to bring him over, the potential buyout would be about $675,000.
Mathias Lessort: Lessort was another player fans had the chance to see in action during the Summer League, even though it was for a short period of time. The Sixers selected him with the 50th overall pick in this year’s draft and he seemed to be a very gritty and aggressive player, which is great for the team on both sides of the ball.
In 2016, the forward was named the French League Co-6th Man of the Year. The following season, he averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, shooting over 57 percent from the floor. He is another good pick-and-roll player as he is physical and athletic, while playing great above the rim. However, he may not be joining the team any time soon, so if you are looking to get into EuroLeague basketball for any reason, he would be a great player to watch.