T.J. McConnell has seen quite a switch from his last campaign in the city of Philadelphia as the city is excited about Sixers basketball again.
Joel Embiid’s rookie season was cut short with a knee injury and while he is no longer out on the Wells Fargo center floor every game, his teammates want to finish the season out strong.
The starting guard was one of The Process’ favourite teammates this season as he has had some clutch moments for the young Sixers squad.
Philadelphia’s fans have embraced him as a feel good story because of his undrafted status after leaving Arizona. He has had to claw and climb his way into the league however he could and he has an established role with the team now.
Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks, the 24-year-old guard and his squad hosted their old friend Nerlens Noel who was received warmly by the city that acquired him on draft night.
Noel was hoping for a better homecoming as the Mavs were routed in the City of Brotherly love 116-74. That is the kind of win that fans of the club that made the concept of tanking a household topic haven’t seen in years.
One standout sequence during the beat down was the former Wildcat stealing a pass while diving out of bounds before throwing it to his teammate Robert Covington.
The fan sitting near him held him in the seat while his fellow Sixer scored. Getting to watch the game from the front row like that is a pretty special privilege and being joined by one of the players will be something a fan would never forget.
With The Process done for the year, the fans will have to look toward next season when first overall pick Ben Simmons and Embiid both return from injury.
This year’s upcoming draft also has the potential to be great for the Sixers as they have a chance to claim two top five picks in the Draft Lottery this spring.
For Philly fans, its time to rejoice because all that time losing is starting to pay off, you may even want to put your feet up like the point guard the city has rallied around.
Don’t get too comfortable though, much like McConnell, getting up and getting back to work the next play is the key toward becoming a consistent winner in the NBA and for the Franchise, next season will be a defining moment no matter what position the Sixers end up picking in.