By Peter Gleason

If you listen to the Sixers bashers in the local lame ass media — Michael Barkann, John Gonzalez and Mike Missanelli — the Sixers’ big problem is that they don’t have a legitimate point guard.

T. J. McConnell’s recent play flies deeply in the face of that bullshit.

Making his first NBA start, McConnell nearly posted a triple-double, going for seven points, nine rebounds and 12 assists in a 91-87 Sixers loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

More importantly, the undrafted rookie from the University of Arizona solidified the starting point guard position with that performance, his patient, unselfish brand of basketball complimenting the rest of the lineup nicely.

He’s not D’Angelo Russell, but McConnell is the best option the Sixers have at the moment. If nothing else, however, the 23-year-old already made history with all those dimes he’s been dropping.

Over the Sixers’ past two games, McConnell has played 57 minutes, shooting 6-of-8 from the field for 13 points with 16 rebounds, 24 assists and only one turnover. The offense has had much better flow when he’s on the floor, with good ball movement creating better shots and possessions.