McConnell had just six points (3-6 FG), two assists, two steals and one rebound in 12 minutes during Friday's 104/84 preseason victory over Melbourne United.
McConnell saw limited court time Friday, finishing with just six points in 12 minutes. Despite the fact this was just a preseason game, the indication is that he is going to see far less playing time in comparison to last season. Markelle Fultz was given the starting role alongside Ben Simmons and was suitably impressive. At this stage, McConnell is not really worth owning in standard leagues and certainly not a must-own player in deeper formats.
McConnell will have his $1.6 million team option exercised for the 2018-19 campaign, Derek Bodner of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
This is a no-brainer for the 76ers, as McConnell played a significant role on the team last season and will be back at a bargain price. He played reserve point guard to Ben Simmons, averaging 6.3 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 22.4 minutes while shooting 49.9 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from deep. He'll presumably play the same role next season.
McConnell tallied 19 points (9-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds and five assists across 39 minutes during Philadelphia's 103-92 win over the Celtics in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal-round playoff series.
McConnell validated his move to the starting five by drawing even with Ben Simmons for second in scoring on the team, turning in a near-perfect performance from the field in the process. The third-year guard was able to penetrate the Celtics frontcourt on drives to the basket on multiple occasions and undeniably provided the Philadelphia offense with a spark overall. He'll look to replicate the productive effort in what should be another run with the first unit during Wednesday's Game 5.
McConnell will enter the starting five for Game 4 against the Celtics on Monday.
McConnell is set to make his first start of the 2018 playoffs, as the Sixers appear to be going with a smaller lineup featuring Ben McConnell, Simmons and Redick at the top three spots. McConnell has averaged just 9.6 minutes throughout the playoffs thus far, so he'll see a significant uptick in playing time and makes for an intriguing value play for Monday's DFS slate. In the corresponding move, Robert Covington will head to a bench role.
McConnell contributed 16 points (7-11 FG, 2-2 FT), seven assists, six rebounds, and four steals in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 130-95 win over the Bucks.
McConnell has been very quiet lately, but he filled up the stat sheet in this one while the starters grabbed some extra rest in the blowout. Markelle Fultz has stolen most of McConnell's thunder over the last few weeks and that could certainly continue during the playoffs, but the feisty third-year point guard remains a threat to go off every once in a while.
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