Sixers coach Brett Brown says figuring out how to play Simmons, Saric together a “good challenge”

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At Summer League, Ben Simmons has shown his potential as a fantastic playmaker as a 6’10” point forward — one with a lot of development left to do, but with a world of potential.

The Sixers just signed Dario Saric, a 6’10” point forward with playmaking skills good enough to be named MVP of the Olympic qualifying tournament where his Croatian team qualified for the Rio games.

How do you fit those two pieces together? Throw in Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, and Joel Embiid and it gets more complicated. The Sixers have got some nice young pieces (thanks mostly to the pushed aside Sam Hinkie), and Sixers coach Brett Brown told Jessica Camerato of that’s a good problem to have.

“I don’t know,” Brown said Friday of where he will play Saric. “You’ve got an abundance of bigs. Ben Simmons and Dario are very similar. We have a few veterans coming in. We’ve got Sergio [Rodriguez] and T.J. [McConnell] as who you’d stamp off on and say that’s a true point guard.

“I say that very much with a tone of excitement than trepidation. How we use him is going to be a challenge but fun, a great challenge. Dario and Ben can play together. They’re two really good players. How this plays out, how it takes shape, I think is a good challenge and one that we’re excited to learn more about.”

This is not the final roster Brown will be tinkering with, Noel and Okafor are still on the trade block, other moves are possible.

It’s going to be interesting to see how all the pieces fit together. Having multiple quality playmakers and passers is a good thing — see Golden State and San Antonio in recent years — so long as there is good shooting surrounding those guys (and from those guys). There is a growing amount of raw talent on the Sixers roster, but it needs a lot of shaping and it’s going to take years.