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T.J. McConnell showered with MVP chants by Philadelphia 76ers fans

The chants are totally justified

Los Angeles Lakers v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Another fanbase has fallen in love with T.J. McConnell.

Philadelphia 76ers fans showered the point guard with “MVP” chants as he stepped to the free throw in the first half of the Sixers’ game versus the Houston Rockets on Friday.

Like his time at Arizona, McConnell has become a fan favorite in Philly, being especially admired for his effort and passion for the game.

Plus, McConnell, an undrafted free agent in 2015, has been a solid player for the Sixers, too.

The second-year player is averaging 5.2 points and a team-high 5.9 assists, with an assist-to-turnover ratio north of three to one.

Adding to McConnell’s totally legitimate MVP candidacy is the fact that the Sixers, who are 17-27 this season, are 10-3 when the Arizona alum is in the starting lineup.

After all, there’s a reason why Sixers star center Joel Embiid has Michael Jordan and McConnell in his Twitter profile picture. Embiid had to find a way to honor both the greatest basketball player of all-time and Michael Jordan (who was pretty good, too) at the same time.

So, sorry James Harden but there was only one MVP candidate on the court on Friday in Philadelphia, and his name is T.J. McConnell.

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