Year-In-Review | T.J. McConnell
81 G | 26.3 MPG | 6.9 PPG (46.1 FG%) | 20.0 3FG% | 81.1 FT% | 3.1 RPG | 6.6 APG | 1.6 SPG
• McConnell ended the season having generated some lofty numbers on both ends of the floor. He ranked eighth among all NBA players in assists (534), sixth in steals (133), and third in average speed (4.70 mph). McConnell was also 10th in the league in steals per game (1.6), seventh in assist percentage (37.5), and third in steal percentage (3.0).
• McConnell served as the Sixers’ back-up point guard at the outset of the season, coming off the bench in 30 of the club’s first 31 games. An injury to Sergio Rodriguez bumped the Arizona product into the starting line-up December 30th at Denver, and the Sixers proceeded to go on their January tear. As a starter, McConnell averaged 30.5 minutes, 8.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 1.8 steals.
• McConnell, for the second time in as many seasons as a professional, appeared in all but one of the Sixers’ 82 regular season games. His 81 outings tied with Dario Saric for the team lead.
Packaged neatly into one sequence, McConnell put his knacks for generating turnovers and facilitating the basketball on full display in the second quarter of the Sixers’ April 10th, 2017 meeting with Indiana.
McConnell surfaced at clutch moments several times during the season. In particular, he supplied game-winning shots in last-second victories over New York on January 11th (shown below), and also at Orlando on February 9th.
At Boston January 6th, McConnell whipped together 17 assists in 36 minutes. The 17 helpers marked the fifth-highest single-game total in franchise history, and were two shy of the team record first set by Maurice Cheeks in 1987, then later matched by Dana Barros in 1995.
Statement for the Summer:
“I definitely took some steps forward from last year, and improved in a lot of areas. I think there’s areas I kind of regressed a little bit. My 3-point shot, I think it’s mostly mental. It’s something I’m going to have to work on, and I know I’m going to work on it relentlessly to make another jump next year and work on every aspect of my game.”