Former Arizona guard T.J. McConnell played the best basketball of his pro career during the Philadelphia 76ers’ postseason run. Much to McConnell’s chagrin, that process is over.
The 76ers suffered a season-ending loss at the hands of the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. It’s a season McConnell says ended prematurely.
“We obviously did some great things, but our season shouldn’t be over at this point, in my opinion,” McConnell said, per ESPN’s Ian Begley.
McConnell played the best basketball of his young career in Philly’s playoff run. The second-year guard averaged 5.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 10 postseason games. He was even inserted into the 76ers’ starting lineup in the team’s final two games.
Philadelphia’s season might be over but the former Wildcats guard has to be pleased with how he played.
It’s going to be interesting to see if McConnell builds upon his postseason performance in addition to his spot in the 76ers’ rotation. Philadelphia is going to have to figure out what to do with former Washington point guard Markelle Fultz. McConnell played in front of Fultz in the playoffs. Will that stay the same next season? One would think the Sixers want to play the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.