Sixers’ T.J. McConnell to receive PSWA Good Guy Award
Philadelphia 76ers point guard T.J. McConnell, who beat the odds as an undrafted player to make a NBA roster in the first place and has since gone on to flourish in his career, has been named winner of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association annual “Good Guy” Award. The 25-year-old McConnell. will accept the award at the PSWA’s annual dinner, Monday Jan. 15 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, NJ. The dinner is open to the public.
Now in his third season the 6-2 Pittsburgh native has established himself as a valuable option off the bench, providing solid ball handling and productive offense. Averaging a career high 7.1 points and 4.7 assists while shooting at 52 percent clip through Dec. 25, the former Arizona standout has entrenched himself as a key contributor in the Sixers’ lineup.
At the same he’s also made himself available to the media, providing keen insights into his game and his role on the team. Being the son of a high school coach, McConnell is well versed in the subtle nuances that can often make the difference between winning and losing.
Off the court McConnell has become involved with the community through the Sixers Dimes for Dollars program which benefits Sixers Youth Foundation. For each McConnell assist First Trust Bank donates $7.76 to the Foundation, which T.J. matches.
He’s also become active in the team’s Walk in my Shoes mentorship, developing a close friendship with Kadence Muhlenbrock, a member of the Tragedy Assist Program of Survivors, whose father, David, was killed while serving in Iran in 2004. To help ease Kadence and her family through the holidays McConnell bought them Christmas gifts and Christmas dinner.
Those are just some of the things that make Timothy John (T.J.) McConnell a worthy choice as the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association’s “Good Guy” of the year. McConnell joins Kyle Lowry (Native Son), Sixers broadcaster Marc Zumoff (Bill Campbell award) of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Eagles great/Soul owner Ron Jaworski (special achievement) and legendary South Jersey baseball coach Joseph Hartmann (Ed Snider Humanitarian Award) at this year’s 114th annual dinner. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was recently named the Pro Athlete of the Year. Longtime Philadelphia Daly News columnist Rich Hofmann will also be present as the Stan Hochman award winner. Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins and manager Gabe Kapler are also scheduled to be in attendance. Over the next few days and weeks, other award winners will be announced, including the Living Legend and Team of the Year. The PSWA’s signature event, the Most Courageous Athlete, will be announced at the conclusion of the dinner.
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