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T.J. McConnell | Guard | #12

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/25/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190
College: Arizona
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Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo said that the team will exercise T.J. McConnell's team option for the 2018-19 season.
This was an easy decision for Philadelphia, as McConnell will earn just $1.6 million next season. He averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 22.4 minutes in 2017-18. He also started the final two games of their playoff series vs. Boston. However, if Markelle Fultz is healthy and active next season, T.J. will likely see his playing time diminish dramatically. May 11 - 12:03 PM

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The 76ers have officially exercised the fourth-year options on both Richaun Holmes and T.J. McConnell.

Both these guys will be on the books on non-guaranteed deals worth $1.6 million for the 2018-19 campaign, so this was a pretty easy decision for Philly management. Holmes has decent upside, but he wasn't able to get into the rotation much this past season, and that's unlikely to change as long as Joel Embiid can remain healthy. McConnell is a solid reserve, but he doesn't have much value in fantasy hoops.
Jun 13 - 11:01 AM

When asked about Markelle Fultz picking up three straight DNPs, coach Brett Brown said his point guard rotation is not etched in stone.

"To say he’s dead and buried, that’s not true," Brown said. "But I got a decision to make, and I’ve made a decision." The 76ers will continue to roll with T.J. McConnell as the backup for now, but he averaged just 9.3 minutes in the three games that Fultz didn't play.
May 2 - 9:44 AM

Coach Brett Brown said that Markelle Fultz would "probably" start at point guard if Ben Simmons (illness) is unable to play Tuesday vs. Atlanta.

Simmons was unable to participate in Tuesday morning's shootaround due to gastroenteritis and spent Tuesday morning at the team hotel getting fluids. Fultz would be an intriguing DFS option if Simmons is ruled out; however, he would likely split minutes with T.J. McConnell.
Apr 10 - 1:29 PM

Ben Simmons (illness) did not participate in shootaround and is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Atlanta.

Simmons is dealing with gastroenteritis and spent Tuesday morning at the team hotel getting fluids. The Sixers have won 14-straight, with Simmons averaging a triple-double during the 14-game stretch. And this game does matter to Philly in terms of playoff positioning, as the Sixers need to win their final two contests to lock up the No. 3 seed in the East. We should have an update on Simmons this afternoon. If he is unable to play, Markelle Fultz and T.J. McConnell will divvy up minutes at point guard.
Apr 10 - 10:54 AM

Jerryd Bayless (sore left wrist) has been ruled out for Monday's game in Memphis.

This will be Bayless' second straight game on the sidelines, and with both him and J.J. Redick (leg) unavailable, Timothe Luwawu should be looking at another start with T.J. McConnell flirting with minutes in the 30s, and both those guys are on the radar as deep league streamers. After Monday's game the 76ers will take on the Bulls on Wednesday, and for now, we'll consider Bayless questionable for that one.
Jan 22 - 2:22 PM

Jerryd Bayless (sore left wrist) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. Milwaukee.

Bayless missed six games back in November due to pain in this same wrist. Hopefully, the injury won't linger as long this time around. The Sixers are also missing J.J. Redick (left leg), so Philly's backcourt will have very little depth on Saturday. It sounds like Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot has been tabbed to slide into the starting lineup to replace Bayless. However, T.J. McConnell is arguably the more attractive streamer and DFS target on Saturday, as he'll log plenty of minutes off the bench.
Jan 20 - 11:25 AM

Markelle Fultz (shoulder) has been cleared to begin the final stages of his return-to-play program.

Fultz will begin to ramp up his activities at practice and his conditioning work will increase, although the 76ers have still yet to provide an official timetable for his return. He does appear to be getting close, as he's progressed to going through 4-on-4 stuff, so getting through 5-on-5 work will be the next major development in this recovery process. T.J. McConnell and Jerryd Bayless' playing time will take a hit once Fultz is able to return to the rotation.
Jan 2 - 2:12 PM

Robert Covington (left middle finger) is listed as doubtful in the game-notes for Saturday's matchup vs. Denver.

Covington, who has been hampered recently by right knee soreness, injured the middle finger on his left hand in the third quarter of Thursday's loss to Portland. RoCo was unable to return to the game. Fortunately, the X-rays came back negative, but it appears he will miss Saturday's game. If Covington is unable to play, T.J. McConnell and Timothe Luwawu will see an uptick in playing time.
Source: NBA.com
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 01:06:00 PM

Jerryd Bayless will start Thursday's game in place of J.J. Redick (hamstring tightness).

In eight starts this season, Bayless has averaged 11.6 points on 47.8 percent shooting, 2.4 triples, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.6 steals. He's worth a look for streaming and DFS value, while T.J. McConnell should also pick up extra minutes off the Sixers' bench.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 05:32:00 PM

Jerryd Bayless will shift into the Sixers' starting lineup on Thursday.

Dario Saric (eye) is out tonight and Philly is going with Bayless alongside J.J. Redick, Robert Covington, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. They will have T.J. McConnell (shoulder) available tonight, however, so Bayless doesn't have much upside even as a streaming option.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 06:31:00 PM

Dario Saric (eye) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Lakers.

Jerryd Bayless will move into the starting lineup, with Robert Covington shifting to the PF spot, and we could also see a bit more of Amir Johnson off the bench since Trevor Booker isn't in town yet. There's no obvious winner here but Bayless is worth a glance as a DFS punt.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 06:24:00 PM

Ben Simmons (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

The 76ers are playing the first game of a back-to-back set tonight, so there will not be a shootaround, which means we won't have any word on Simmons until he goes through his pregame routine. Simmons will assuredly be sitting if there's any doubt about the health of his ankle, and this being a back-to-back set doesn't help his chances of getting out there. T.J. McConnell would draw the start if Simmons sits, and he'd make for a solid streamer or DFS option. Stay tuned.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 10:32:00 AM

Ben Simmons (ankle) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Wizards.

The fact that Simmons has initially been listed as "questionable" qualifies as good news. However, it sounds like he is headed for a game-time decision. Simmons will receive treatment Wednesday morning and will see how his ankle responds during the pregame walkthrough before determining if he can play. If Simmons is unable to suit up, T.J. McConnell would likely draw the start and would be a strong DFS option.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 05:08:00 PM

X-rays were negative on Ben Simmons' sprained right ankle and he'll be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

Hopefully it's nothing more than a mild ankle sprain, as Simmons was able to walk off under his own power. If he's going to miss time though, T.J. McConnell is probably the most logical winner in a bad situation, while the rest of the Philly regulars would all get a boost in usage rate. We'll know more on Tuesday.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 10:33:00 PM

Ben Simmons (elbow) will play Monday vs. the Cavs.

With Simmons back in action, T.J. McConnell should head back to the second unit, and he'll lose quite a bit of value with the move back to the bench. Simmons has been a steady top-50 guy this year, and he'll look to keep that trend going tonight with one of his toughest tests yet in a matchup against LeBron James, so make sure you've got him active.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 05:25:00 PM

Ben Simmons (left elbow) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

After missing Saturday's game, Simmons was a full participant at the morning shootaround and was getting up some extra free throws at the conclusion of the practice. The 76ers are generally very cautious with injuries, so Simmons might be shaping up to be a game-time call. If he sits, T.J. McConnell will be the biggest beneficiary and had 15 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds, three steals, one block and one triple in a start against Orlando. For what it's worth, well-respected beat writer Keith Pompey said he'd be shocked if Simmons wasn't a go.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 11:27:00 AM

Jerryd Bayless returned from a three-game absence with a wrist injury and came off the bench for five points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.

T.J. McConnell has been playing well as the backup point guard in Philly and it's possible Bayless has lost his job. He's not worth owning at this point, but just keep an eye on the situation to see who's getting the backup point guard minutes. McConnell played 34 minutes and hit 3-of-6 shots for eight points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal tonight.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 09:49:00 PM

76ers' head coach Brett Brown said it's still unclear exactly when Markelle Fultz (shoulder) will be able to return to the court.

"The problem is the shoulder. The problem is the shot," said Brown. "We do not know [when he'll return]. Slowly we’re getting his shoulder stronger." Fultz is going to be re-evaluated sometime next week, but this quote from Brown hints that we shouldn't anticipate the No. 1 pick making it back to the court anytime soon. Dario Saric should continue to start in his absence with T.J. McConnell seeing extended minutes with the second unit. Fultz is only worth owning if you've got an IR-spot.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 04:55:00 PM

Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

He's also considered doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers and doesn't have a timetable to return. T.J. McConnell will continue to see a bump in minutes in Bayless' absence and is averaging 6.4 points, 6.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals over his last five games.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 02:03:00 PM

Jerryd Bayless is out indefinitely because the swelling in his left wrist has not gone down after bruising it during Friday's win over Indiana.

Bayless missed Tuesday's game and will also be sidelined for Thursday's game in Sacramento, but he'll be re-evaluated ahead of Saturday's matchup with the Warriors. "Right now, we are sort of just playing it by ear," head coach Brett Brown said of Bayless' injured wrist. "Right now, to stamp off on how soon he’ll be available, we don’t know that yet." Dario Saric should remain a starter for however long Bayless is out, and there will be more minutes for Timothe Luwawu and T.J. McConnell.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 10:58:00 AM

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