|22nd September, 2015||NBA||Signed a partially guaranteed four year minimum salary contract with Philadelphia. Included team option for 2018/19.|
|2010 - 2012||Duquesne (NCAA)|
|2012 - 2015||Arizona (NCAA)|
|July 2015||Philadelphia 76ers (Summer League)|
|September 2015 - present||Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)|
January 20, 2018
In the absence of J.J. Redick, McConnell has taken on a bigger of late, and has responded. He has averaged 35 fantasy points over the last three games, including one giant 47.2 outing, doing so via the bevy of steals, assists and rebounds he has made his career out of. McConnell has also hit some jump shots and three-pointers of late, and has been a game-changing backup point guard. He is not cheap in fantasy, but he is valuable.
November 9, 2017
The Sixers are built in a unique way around their unique talents, specifically Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. While he defends various positions thus not ever playing any one sole position, Simmons handles the majority of the playmaking responsibilities, thus leaving the usual point guard role to be more of an off-ball scorer and defender. But McConnell is the exception, a drive-and-pass guard and stealer of inbound passes with 6.7 point, 5.2 assist, 3.2 rebound and 1.4 steal per game averages, combined with very few turnovers. And those average include the four games he shared time with Markelle Fultz: in Fultz’s absence, those numbers go up to 9.0 points, 6.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. That would be the player you are buying here.
June 29, 2017
PG, 6’2, 200lbs, 25 years old, 2 years of experience
Getting it done as a ‘traditional’ point guard, with a 37.4% career assist percentage, a 3.3:1 assist/turnover ratio and an immeasurable amount of hustle. A 0.0 VORP in a minimum salary backup is a pretty good result. McConnell’s slight lack of size and speed, plus his more significant individual offensive deficiencies, make him a fairly marginal talent. But in playing hard and knowing what to do with it, McConnell has carved himself out a place in an NBA rotation, and, potentially, even some trade value. He shouldn’t be a starter, but he isn’t going to a deep bench role, either.
Player Plan: Two years of minimum salary remaining, the second year of which is a team option. As was just the case with Covington, declining it would mean restricted free agency; exercising it would mean unrestricted. No reason to get cute, though. Exercise and have the decent backup for the cheapest possible price.