Mike Conley
Mike Conley
32-Year-Old GuardG
Utah Jazz  NBA  
Utah Jazz
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After spending the first 12 years of his career in Memphis, Conley was traded to Utah over the summer in exchange for rebuilding pieces. Conley will bring in a much-needed veteran point guard presence to the Jazz, who were scraping by with Ricky Rubio, and coach Quin Snyder often put the ball into Donovan Mitchell's hands. Last season, Conley posted career highs in points (21.1) while playing at least 70 games for the first time since 2014-15. He also racked up nine outings with 30-plus points, including one 40-point game, plus 11 performances with double-digit assists and 10 games with at least three steals. But it seems likely Conley's role will be reduced in Utah, as he'll be playing with a more talented team that has won at least 50 games in two of the past three seasons. The situation is expected to result in fewer counting stats for Conley, but the 32-year-old could see good looks more consistently, which may boost his efficiency. Conley's new role and injury history are worth considering -- he's averaging 55.4 games played over the past five seasons -- but fantasy owners shouldn't be afraid to take a shot on the veteran, who has proven to be one of the better point guards in the NBA over the past half-decade. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $152.61 million contract with the Grizzlies in July of 2016. Traded to the Jazz in July of 2019. Contract includes early termination option for 2020-21.
Personal Bio

Mike Conley Jr., son of Rene and Mike Conley Sr., was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1987. Mike Sr. won the gold medal in the triple jump at the 1992 Olympic Games and took silver in the Games of 1984. He won nine NCAA individual titles at the University of Arkansas and was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2004. Conley Jr.'s youth basketball career was spent alongside fellow 2007 NBA Draftee Greg Oden, as the pair met in middle school playing AAU ball. They joined forces at Lawrence North high school in Indianapolis, winning a whopping 103 games and three state championships, losing just seven times. They won their final 45 games at Lawrence North, and the pair moved on to Ohio State, where they each spent one year. That season, the Buckeyes won 35 games, advancing to the National Championship game. Conley helped lead them to success, dishing out a program-record 238 assists. Conley is also an avid bowler and hosts an annual Bowl-N-Bash to benefit the Special Olympics and Memphis Police Sports Federation. You can follow him on Twitter (@MCONLEY10) and Instagram (@Mac10).

College/International Summary

Conley was named to both the All-Big Ten first team, as well as the conference's All-Freshman squad, in his first and only season at Ohio State. The Indianapolis native helped lead the Buckeyes to the Big Ten regular-season title, and he led the conference in both assists (238) and steals (87). He wasn't done there, however. Conley also helped the Buckeyes take home the Big Ten Tournament championship and was pegged for the All-Big Ten Tournament first team along the way. He enjoyed additional postseason success by helping Ohio State to the 2007 NCAA Tournament final before losing to Florida. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team and the All-Region team. Conley declared for the 2007 NBA Draft and was selected fourth overall.

Fills stat sheet in loss
GUtah Jazz
March 10, 2020
Conley generated 13 points (4-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, six rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes Monday in the Jazz's 101-92 loss to the Raptors.
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Conley hit only a third of his shots from the field for the second straight game, but he was at least able to fill out the stat sheet nicely to make up for the rough shooting night. Though he's been a major disappointment for his fantasy managers this season, Conley's production has at least been trending up since the All-Star break. Through nine second-half outings, he's averaging 14.9 points, 5.0 assists, 3.3 boards, 2.6 triples and 1.0 steal while shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 88.2 percent from the line.
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2018

Conley started 70 games for the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2018-2019 season. In his 12th season in the NBA, he set a new career high for points per game with 21.1. The point guard also averaged 6.4 assists per game, an improvement over his prior career average of 5.7 dimes per contest. He twice tied his career high for made three-pointers in a game (seven) during the season. On Nov. 11, he notched seven three-pointers in a winning effort against the Dallas Mavericks. He matched that total against the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 21. On Mar. 5, he scored a career-high 40 points in a 120-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. On Mar. 16, he dished out a season-high 12 assists against the Washington Wizards. On Mar. 27, during a loss to the Warriors, Conley passed Marc Gasol to become the Grizzlies' all-time leader in career points. In June, the veteran was named the league-wide winner of the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award. For the season, Conley led the Grizzlies in total points (1,478), assists (449), minutes played (2,342) and steals (94). The high-scoring guard has two more years remaining on his contract with the Grizzlies.

2017

Conley started and played only 12 games for the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2017-2018 season. He started 12 of the team's first 13 games. Conley then suffered an apparent Achilles injury in mid November. He attempted to return, but the team announced on Jan. 27 that he was ruled out for the rest of the season. In the season opener on Oct. 18, Conley scored a season-high 27 points in a 103-91 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Also in that game, he dropped in a four three-point field goals, which was his season high. Conley matched that total with another four threes on Nov. 4 in a 113-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Oct. 21, he dished out a season-high seven assists as the Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors 111-101. In the abbreviated season, he scored 205 total points, pulled down 27 rebounds and handed out 49 assists. It was his 10th-straight season averaging at least 30 minutes per game.

2016

After a disappointing 2016-17 season for the team, Grizzlies management brought in longtime Heat assistant coach David Fizdale. Conley responded with the best season of his career. The veteran averaged 20.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Grizzlies, his first time averaging more than 20 points across an entire NBA season. He recorded a total of eight double doubles, the first of which was a 24-point, 11-assist showing in a victory over Washington on Oct. 30. Less than a week later against the Clippers, Conley scored 30 points and assisted 10 times in 37 minutes of play. Perhaps Conley's best showing of the season came on Jan. 30 against Phoenix -- a 38-point, nine-assist and six-rebound performance. The Grizzlies made it back to the playoffs for the seventh straight season in 2017, ultimately falling to the Spurs in Round 1. Conley averaged a whopping 24.7 points and seven assists over the six-game series.

2015

The winds of change were spreading throughout Memphis in 2015-16. It would be head coach Dave Joerger's last year with the team, which won 42 games and snuck into the NBA playoffs as a seventh seed. Conley had another solid season, averaging 15.3 points and 6.1 assists per game in 56 contests. He started the season on a tear, scoring 22 points and dishing out eight assists in an Oct. 31 game against Brooklyn. On Dec. 14 against Washington, Conley scored 18 points and added 11 assists in a 17-point Grizzlies win, one of the four double-doubles he brought in that season. In March, Conley suffered the first significant injury of his career, and he missed the rest of the season with a combination of left foot soreness and Achilles tendinitis. The Grizzlies would make it back to the playoffs for a sixth straight year before falling to the San Antonio Spurs in a quick four-game series.

2014

The 2014-15 Grizzlies won 55 games, making it back to the Conference Semifinals after a one year absence. Conley again was key that season, continuing to lead Memphis as their starting point guard. In a Nov. 5 win over Phoenix, he scored 24 points and added 11 assists, his first double double of the season. On Dec. 13 against Philadelphia, Conley erupted for a career-high 36 points, to go along with nine assists and three rebounds, helping the Grizzlies win by five. He kept leading by example, generating 30 points and six assists in a Dec. 30 win over San Antonio. The Grizzlies made it to the NBA Playoffs for the fifth straight season that year, and Conley averaged 14.4 points and 5.0 assists through eight starts in the postseason. He caught a tough break in the middle of that stretch, missing the last two games of Round 1 and the first game of Round 2 while recovering from a facial fracture. Conley returned and scored in double digits in each game he played against the Warriors, but the Grizzlies were ultimately eliminated in Game 6.

2013

Conley had the best season of his career in 2013-14 with the "Grit and Grind" Grizzlies. Memphis won 50 games and Conley averaged 17.2 points and 6.0 assists per contest. The scoring average bested his previous career high of 14.6 ppg set last season. He was also at peak efficiency, as he shot a career-best 45.0 percent from the field and 81.5 percent from the charity stripe. On Nov. 13 against Toronto, Conley scored 29 points and chipped in five assists across 35 minutes of play. On Dec. 15 against Minnesota, Conley scored 28, this time adding five rebounds and three assists. All in all, his efforts led the Grizzlies to a 50-32 regular-season record, which earned the 7-seed in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, Memphis faced off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, losing in a hotly-contested, seven-game series. Conley averaged 15.9 points and 7.9 assists per postseason contest, including an epic 19-point, 12-assist and seven-rebound performance in the Game 2, which resulted in a six-point win for Memphis. He had two 20-point performances in the series, including a 20-point, nine-assist, five-rebound, four-steal effort during the Game 7 loss.

2012

The 2012-13 season was a great one for Conley and the Grizzlies. Memphis finished with a 56-26 record -- winning the most regular season games in franchise history -- and made it all the way to the Conference Finals, ultimately falling to the Spurs. Conley continued his ascendance that season, averaging 14.6 points, 6.1 assists and 1.3 three-pointers per game. He recorded seven double-doubles that season, none more impressive than an 18-point, 12-assist, four-steal performance Dec. 1 against San Antonio. On Jan. 2, his 23 points and nine assists helped the Grizzlies take down Boston. Games like that became more and more commonplace. On Mar. 12, Conley dished a career-high 15 assists, plus added 14 points and four steals, during a win at Portland. Conley reached a new level during the playoffs, averaging 17.0 points, 7.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game. His top playoff performances included a 28-point, nine-assist showing against Round 1 opponent the Los Angeles Clippers and a 26-point, 10-rebound and nine-assist masterclass in a Round 2 game against Oklahoma City.

2011

Conley and the Grizzlies made the most of a lockout-shortened 2011-12 season -- finishing fourth in the Western Conference with a 41-25 record. The young point guard was key to that record, averaging 12.7 points and 6.5 assists per game over 62 contests. Conley came out of the gate firing. In his seventh game of the season, Conley recorded his first double-double of the season via a 15-point, 10-assist showing against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 10. He was even better on Jan. 18, scoring 18 points and dishing 10 assists as the Grizzlies took down the New Orleans Hornets. On Apr. 20 against Charlotte, Conley went off for 20 points and seven assists to help the Grizz win by five. The Grizzlies won their last six games of the regular season, with Conley averaging 12 points and almost five assists per contest during that stretch. In the first round playoff series versus the Clippers, Conley averaged 14.1 points, 7.1 assists and 1.6 three-pointers in seven games. In Game 4 of the series, Conley posted a career-playoff-high 25 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and a steal.

2010

For the 2010-11 season, Memphis was led by a new core of Conley, Marc Gasol and Zac Randolph. They were ready to embrace the "Grit and Grind" mantra of head coach Lionel Hollins. The result was an appearance in the NBA Playoffs for the first time in five years and a run to the Western Conference Semifinals. Conley had a great season. He opened the season with 23 points and eight assists in a season opening loss to the Hawks on Oct. 27. On Oct. 30, Conley put together his first double double of the season, scoring 14 points and adding 11 assists in a 20-point win over Minnesota. He was even better on Nov. 3 against Golden State when he scored 18 points and dished 13 assists. Conley scored a season-high 28 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 20, helping Memphis come away with a two-point win. Conley was terrific as the Grizzlies made it all the way to Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs. The point guard averaged over 15 points and six assists in 13 post-season games.

2009

Conley entered the 2009-10 season as the unquestioned starting point guard for an emerging Grizzlies team. He responded with his best statistical season of his first three years in The Association. Starting all 80 games he played, Conley averaged 12.0 points and 5.3 assists per game, both career highs at that point. He recorded a double-double in the season's second game, an Oct. 30 matchup against Toronto that saw Conley score 10 points while dishing out 10 dimes. Conley was spectacular against Oklahoma City on Dec. 11, going off for 20 points and eight assists, as well as five steals in almost 40 minutes. He had another offensive outburst in New Orleans on March 3, scoring 26 points and dishing out seven assists. Conley reached double digits in points in each of his last 15 games of the season, including an 18-point, 10-assist masterclass against Milwaukee on March 28. He averaged 17.1 points and 5.7 assists while shooting 48.6 percent from the field during that stretch.

2008

Conley's sophomore season saw him play in all 82 games for Memphis, making 61 starts along the way and improving on his rookie stats across the board. He posted 10.9 points, 4.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Impressively, Conley made 40.6 percent of his three-point shots, a significant improvement over the prior campaign and the 32nd-best mark in the league. He also lifted his free-throw percentage to a strong 81.7 mark. Though he started the campaign in a timeshare at point guard with fellow rising star Kyle Lowry, Conley remained productive throughout. On Nov. 22 against Utah, he went off for 14 points and eight assists. He was even better against Chicago on Dec. 12, scoring nine points but dishing out 10 assists. Lowry was traded to the Houston Rockets on Feb. 19, cementing Conley's place in the starting lineup. From that point forward, Conley's averages jumped to 14.5 points, 5.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals. On Mar. 7, Conley put together the biggest offensive effort of the his career, going off for 31 points and nine assists against the Sixers. He also recorded two double-doubles -- one with 15 points and 10 assists, the other with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

2007

The fourth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Conley made 46 starts among his 53 appearances as a rookie with the Grizzlies. In just his third NBA game, Nov. 10 against Utah, Conley approached a double-double with 10 points and nine assists off the bench. Injuries ended up keeping Conley out of the lineup for much of November and December, but he enjoyed much better health and increased playing time after the new year. On Jan. 15 against Cleveland, Conley recorded his first career 20-point game, adding seven assists and two steals. Less than a week later, Jan. 21 against the Bulls, Conley posted his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. He double-doubled again Feb. 26 against the Suns, putting up 15 points and 11 dimes. Conley went on a red-hot run over the season's final five games, averaging 16.8 points, 5.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals. That included his biggest offensive explosion of the year, a 25-point effort against Minnesota on Apr. 12.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2007
    Drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2007 NBA Draft.
  • July 30, 2007
    Signed a multi-year, rookie contract with the Memphis Grizzlies
  • November 2, 2010
    Signed a five-year contract extension with the Memphis Grizzlies
  • July 14, 2016
    Signed a five-year contract to stay with the Memphis Grizzlies
  • July 6, 2019
    Traded by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Utah Jazz for Grayson Allen, Darius Bazley, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver and a 2020 1st round draft pick. (1-7 and 15-30 protected)
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Bleak as the Grizzlies' 2017-18 campaign was likely to be, it became an outright nightmare once Conley went down for the season after just 12 games due to a heel injury. He ultimately underwent surgery, and he remained limited to non-contact work as recently as late July. The veteran point guard's unfortunate turn of events came in the wake of a career-best season in 2016-17, one that saw him post new high-water marks in points (20.5), rebounds (3.5) and shooting percentage (46.0), including three-point shooting percentage (40.8). Assuming full health in time for the coming season, Conley will be helping fellow veterans Marc Gasol and Kyle Anderson shepherd a young group headlined by fourth overall pick Jaren Jackson. The struggles that Conley experienced offensively before his injury last season (career-low 38.1 percent) aren't expected to endure if Conley's track record is any indication, given that he'd shot under 43.0 percent only once in eight of the prior nine seasons.
Conley, at 29-years-old, had the best campaign of his career last season. Though he played just 69 games due to toe and eye injuries, the veteran posted a career-high 20.5 points, 6.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 33.2 minutes per game. He shot 46.0 percent from the field and hit 2.5 threes per contest at a 40.8 percent clip – all career highs as well. Conley was asked to pull more weight than usual within the Grizzlies’ offense, as the team wasn’t as strong as it had been in other seasons (finishing 43-39) and had Chandler Parsons for just 34 sub-par games as he dealt with injuries. The Memphis management made few waves over the summer to improve the team heading into next season, with the only notable signings being Tyreke Evans and Ben McLemore, hardly a consolation prize for the loss of long-time Grizzly, Zach Randolph, to the Kings. As a result, Conley will once again likely be called upon to have a career year to keep the team afloat. While we’ll have to wait and see if that ends up being the case, all signs point to Conley having a similar, or greater, role heading into next season as he did in 2016-17. The fact that he hasn’t played more than 73 games over the four seasons could be a cause for concern, but shouldn’t stop him from having upside as a top-10 Fantasy point guard.
While Conley has never made an All-Star team, he’s been among the most productive and reliable point guards in the league for the better part of the last decade. Conley may not be great in any one area, but he does everything well and shoots the ball at an efficient rate from the field, as well as from beyond the arc. Last season was a bit of an anomaly, as Conley joined seemingly the entire Grizzlies roster in dealing with health issues. An Achilles injury limited Conley to just 56 games, his fewest total since his rookie season of 2007-08. Hampered by the ailment for much of the year, Conley shot a career-low 42 percent from the field and saw his effective field-goal percentage drop to its lowest figure (47.8%) in five years. Conley still provided adequate assists (6.1 per game), rebounds (2.9) and steals (1.2) numbers, however, while holding onto his reputation as a premier defensive point guard. Assuming Conley is able to put the injury behind him, he should return to form this season as a strong all-around guard worthy of a mid-round selection in most fantasy leagues.
Conley contributed 15.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 32 minutes per game during 70 regular season games. His per-game numbers weren't as gaudy as they were in 2013-14 when Marc Gasol missed over a quarter of the year with injury, but Conley played through injuries to his neck, lower back, right foot, and both wrists. The eight-year veteran guard also missed three playoff games after having surgery to repair multiple facial fractures. Still, he managed to shoot 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point territory, and a career-high 86 percent from the line in the regular season. A model of consistency over the last several seasons, Conley will likely continue to be a reliable source of scoring and dishing so long as he's able to stay healthy.
Conley is entering his eighth season in the NBA. Last season, he averaged 17.2 points, 6.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 34 minutes per game through 73 games. He shot 45 percent from the field on 14.1 attempts per game, 36 percent from downtown on 4.0 attempts per game, and 82 percent from the free-throw line on 3.8 attempts per game. Conley contributed career-highs in scoring, field-goal percentage, and player efficiency rating (20.07 PER, 28th best in NBA). His 14.1 field-goal attempts per game were also 2.3 more than any of his previous seasons. One department he did regress in was steals, as he contributed 2.2 steals per game in both 2011-12 and 2012-13, compared to the 1.5 steals he collected last season. Having not recorded more than 1.6 steals per game in a single month during 2014-15, it seems possible coach Dave Joerger may have asked Conley to avoid gambling defensively. Conley turns 27 years old in October, and coming off arguably his best season, it's possible that he'll be even better in 2014-15. He figures to continue in his current role as a key contributor for the Grizzlies along with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, and he makes for a fine fantasy play in all formats. Expect him to be taken during the first few rounds on draft-day regardless of what type of league it is.
The Grizzlies' outstanding frontcourt pairing of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph rightfully gets much of the credit for the team's success. But don't overlook the continued improvement of Mike Conley. Conley is coming off his best season as a professional, with averages of 14.6 points (a career high), 6.1 assists, a league-leading 172 steals (2.2 spg), while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 36 percent from three. And those numbers don't really tell the whole story – Conley actually became a much more important part of the offense after the trade that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto. He scored 16.4 points per game after the deal, and 17 ppg in the postseason. With the Grizzlies expected to start defense-first players Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince at shooting guard and small forward this season, look for Conley to solidify his position as the team's primary perimeter threat – and very possibly, to surpass Randolph as the second option on offense.
Conley ratcheted up the defensive intensity last season, notching 2.2 steals per game, good for second in the league. He wasn’t a stalwart offensively but was serviceable, scoring 12.7 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting to go along with 6.5 assists. Though athletically gifted, the undersized Conley has yet to be an impactful rebounder in the NBA, and he actually fell from 3.1 boards per game in 2010-11 to 2.6 in 2011-12. However, with big bodies Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol on the roster to pull down most wayward shot attempts, we can’t fault Conley too much for not producing better rebound numbers. Offensively, the signing of O.J. Mayo by the Mavericks in the offseason could liberate Conley in the backcourt, as he will most often be flanked at the two-guard spot by Tony Allen, a defense-first player who doesn’t need the ball in his hands as frequently. With Conley expected to command more control of the offense, his assist totals could climb a little, as could the amount of times he calls his own number. If that’s the case, he’d do well to attack the basket, as he shot a career-best 86.1 percent from the charity stripe last year. He’s also underrated as a marksman, making just under one three per game and shooting 37.9 percent from downtown for his career.
For the first time in his four-year career, Mike Conley really stepped up and earned the point guard spot in Memphis last season. Not coincidentally, Memphis reached the playoffs. Much of the credit for the Grizzlies’ breakout season rightfully goes to the frontcourt tandem of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, but Conley’s season – with career-best numbers in scoring, assists and steals – should not be overlooked. Of course, you might want to point that out to Memphis management; the Grizzlies selected combo guard Josh Selby in the first round of June’s draft. Selby was considered a lottery-level talent before arriving at Kansas, but a mediocre season there and concerns about his medical report caused him to drop into the second round – but he could be a steal there, and challenge Conley and/or O.J. Mayo for playing time at some point.
The Grizzlies would love for Conley to step up and eliminate any doubt as to his ability to run the team; thus far, that hasn't happened. The Grizzlies would also love for another player – say, shooting guard O.J. Mayo – to step up and win the job away from Conley. But that hasn't happened, either – in fact, Mayo's stint at the point at the Vegas Summer League was cover-your-eyes awful. In the absence of any other real options, the status quo will be preserved, with Conley holding on to the starting job, just barely. He did actually show signs of life late last season, averaging 16.0 points per game in March and 17.0 in April – perhaps that's a sign of things to come.
Conley arrived in Memphis in 2007 with all the hype usually attached to a fourth-overall pick. But his first season-plus in the NBA was a disappointment; his performance didn’t match his advance billing, and he struggled to win the point guard job outright. But Conley started to put it together during the second half of his sophomore season, thanks in part to the coaching philosophy espoused by Lionel Hollins. Under Marc Iavaroni, Conley looked to the bench on every possession as the coaching staff called out set plays. When Hollins took over, the Grizzlies went with a much more open approach, and Conley responded, averaging double-figures in scoring, over 5.5 assists, and a very healthy number of steals (2.4 per game in April). Assuming Memphis management continues to take a hands-off approach with Conley, he should continue to improve. That steal number is particularly encouraging – with shot-blocker Hasheem Thabeet patrolling the paint this season, Conley should be able to gamble more without getting burned.
The first half of Conley’s rookie season was a marred by injuries – chest, shoulder and rib problems allowed him to play in just six games before New Year’s… and just 53 overall. But when he finally got acclimated to the NBA, Conley started to show the potential that made him the fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft. The Grizzlies are hoping they got a preview of what’s to come from Conley during the last five games of 2007-08, when he averaged 16.8 points, 5.4 assists and more than five boards per game. The Grizzlies are expected to play up-tempo, which should suit the strengths of Conley, Rudy Gay and rookie O.J. Mayo, so look for a productive sophomore effort.
Conley is slated to start at point guard for a Memphis team that looks like they’ll be tough come the second half of the season. New coach Mark Iavaroni comes over from Phoenix and will install a similar offense used in the Valley of the Sun – as Steve Nash will tell you, that offense places a premium on point guard play. Conley has all the skills a team is looking for in a point guard except for a consistent jump shot. Once this team adjusts to the new system and the new mix of players, it could be dangerous. Conley may wind up splitting the minutes with Kyle Lowry, but the rookie is the man of the future for the Grizzlies.
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Erupts for 25 points
GUtah Jazz
March 7, 2020
Conley registered 25 points (9-16 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, three rebounds and three steals in 34 minutes during Friday's 99-94 win at Boston.
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Scores 17 in efficient fashion
GUtah Jazz
March 4, 2020
Conley amassed 17 points (6-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six assists and two rebounds in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 112-104 win over the Knicks.
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Staying in starting lineup
GUtah Jazz
February 26, 2020
Contrary to an earlier report, Conley will remain in Utah's starting lineup, Tony Jones of The Athletic reports.
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Pulled from starting five
GUtah Jazz
February 26, 2020
Conley has been pulled from Utah's starting five and will be replaced by Royce O'Neale, Shams Charania and Tony Jones of The Athletic report.
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GUtah Jazz
February 24, 2020
Conley finished with eight points (4-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt) one assist and three turnovers in 22 minutes during Monday's 131-111 loss to the Suns.
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