T.J. McConnell has established himself as an NBA player, with his rambunctious style of play being tailor-made for the Philadelphia 76ers fanbase. With Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz at point guard, what will McConnell’s upcoming season look like?
T.J. McConnell‘s 2017-18 season was statistically similar to his previous two. 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.2 steals per game is on par with McConnell’s career averages. The stats from last season do not justify the impact McConnell had on the Philadelphia 76ers. He proved he could be a contributor on a playoff team.
A triple-double off the bench, a career night in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and numerous ball-handlers pestered, were highlights of McConnell’s campaign.
McConnell has evolved from undrafted darling to tenacious fan favorite. His all-gas, no-brake mentality has won over the Sixers fans from the very beginning. He is no longer the long-shot underdog accompanied with cheesy boxing clichés. T.J. McConnell belongs on the Sixers, and belongs in the NBA.
Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz are destined to see heavy minutes this season, and it may affect McConnell’s playing time. The love-affair between McConnell and Philly seems to be mutual. He is due for an extension, and this upcoming season could mean dollar-signs for T.J.
Here are three predictions for TJ McConnell’s 2018-19 campaign.