On Monday night the 76ers put up a respectable fight against the Dallas Mavericks, but were eventually bested by Dirk and Company. The loss dropped the Sixers record to 0-11 and with a brutal schedule the rest of the month, my prediction of a 2-16 start to this season now seems like a pipe dream.
Still, for the most part I have truly enjoyed watching this group of rookies and undiscovered “prospects” play basketball. Additionally, there have been a few positives revelations we can take from the first 11 games of the season. It’s become very obvious that Jahlil Okafor is a low post beast on offense. There’s little doubt that Nerlens Noel has improved his offensive game. TJ McConnell can be a rock steady point guard at this League. To most, the last positive item is the biggest revelation of all.
Nearly everyone in Philadunkia nation and around the Association in general has been shocked by McConnell’s ability to compete at the NBA level. The undrafted rookie out of Arizona boasts stats line of 7.8 ppg. and 6.2 apg., while shooting 52% from the field and has held his own in difficult matchups with former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, 2015 All-Star Kyle Lowry and former All-Star Deron Williams. However, if you look at McConnell’s basketball resume, talk to his dad and his former college coach, you’ll find that we should NOT be the least bit surprised at the success McConnell is achieving with the 76ers.
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