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The Sixers are flooded with frontcourt talent. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have the upside of all-time greats — if Simmons learns how to shoot and if Embiid stays healthy. Robert Covington is raining 3s and defending at a high level. My favorite player, Richaun Holmes, is finally getting minutes; so are veterans Amir Johnson and Trevor Booker.

Then there’s Dario Saric. The second-year forward averaged 17.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists over his last 30 games as a rookie, and that strong play has carried into the 2017–18 season. Saric is an important part of the team. He receives a healthy dose of minutes (30.4) and shots (11.3). His 3-pointer is still developing (33.1 percent this season) and his defense is still shoddy, but at only 23, Saric has won a championship and an MVP award overseas, and is getting chances to better himself on a similarly young roster. There’s not much to complain about.

But Saric’s role fails to maximize what was arguably his greatest strength entering the draft: playmaking. It’s a shame we don’t see more games like last Thursday against the Raptors, when he dished out nine assists, and made some juicy passes that resulted in bricks.

Saric is just as skilled of a passer as Nikola Jokic, whose own deft passing makes him a nightly highlight reel. Saric just doesn’t get enough reps to show his passing consistently, which is neither his fault nor the Sixers’. There’s simply more talent ahead of him. Saric’s best position on defense is power forward, which is the spot reserved for Ben Simmons. Even if coach Brett Brown were to take the ball away from T.J. McConnell in the second unit, Markelle Fultz will need those reps once he returns.

It’s possible Saric will be resigned to functioning as an auxiliary playmaker. But if I were the general manager of a team that could give him the keys to do more with the ball, I’d give Bryan Colangelo a ring:

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