Sixers’ T.J. McConnell making concerted effort to work on 3-point shot
Everyone knows Philadelphia 76ers point guard T.J. McConnell is a hard worker and gym rat. But just in case you needed further proof, the Sixers guard came back onto the floor after Tuesday’s practice to work on his outside shot.
McConnell is only shooting 22.2 percent from beyond the arc this season, so the 26-year-old is doing everything he can to improve his perimeter shot.
Long after practice wrapped up, T.J. McConnell has come back out on the court to work on three-point shots on his own. He isn’t just loosely throwing up shots, you can see him focusing on his form and release on each one from different spots around the floor.
— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) December 4, 2018
Through 19 games this year, McConnell is averaging 4.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. The 6-foot-2 guard is shooting an efficient 54.1 percent from the field, but it’s just his 3-point game that needs work.
For his career, McConnell shoots 33.0 percent on 3-pointers. For some reason, his shot from deep has been off this season, but as you can see, McConnell is putting in the necessary work to get better.
With Markelle Fultz now out indefinitely with nerve issues, McConnell’s role with the team becomes even more important. His ability and energy on defense is tremendous. Any added offense he can provide is good for the team. The Sixers are slightly better on offense when McConnell is on the floor.
T.J. McConnell is only making $1.6 million this season. He is set up to get a pay raise this summer when he hits unrestricted free agency.