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Mike Conley

27-Year-Old    PG    Memphis Grizzlies

2014-15 NBA Stats

PTS

15.8

REB

3.0

AST

5.4

STL

1.3

BLK

0.2

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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 ...

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HT: 6' 1"   WT: 180 lbs   DOB: 10/11/1987  College: Ohio State   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #4 Overall in 2007   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a five-year deal worth $40 million with Memphis in November 2010.

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Mike Conley NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 19 53 26.1 9.4 2.6 4.2 0.8 0.0 0.6 42.8 73.2 1.7 0.4 2.2 1.7 33.0 3.6 8.3 1.7 2.3
2008-09 20 82 30.6 10.9 3.4 4.3 1.1 0.1 1.1 44.2 81.7 1.7 0.3 3.1 2.6 40.6 3.9 8.9 2.0 2.4
2009-10 21 80 32.1 12.0 2.4 5.3 1.4 0.2 1.0 44.5 74.3 2.1 0.4 2.0 2.7 38.7 4.6 10.4 1.7 2.3
2010-11 22 MEM 81 35.5 13.7 3.0 6.5 1.8 0.2 1.0 44.4 73.3 2.2 0.4 2.7 2.7 36.9 5.2 11.8 2.2 3.0
2011-12 23 MEM 62 35.1 12.7 2.5 6.5 2.2 0.2 1.0 43.3 86.1 2.0 0.4 2.2 2.6 37.7 4.8 11.0 2.2 2.5
2012-13 24 MEM 80 34.5 14.6 2.8 6.1 2.2 0.3 1.3 44.0 83.0 2.4 0.5 2.3 3.7 36.2 5.2 11.8 2.9 3.5
2013-14 25 MEM 73 33.5 17.2 2.9 6.0 1.5 0.2 1.4 45.0 81.5 2.1 0.6 2.4 4.0 36.1 6.3 14.1 3.1 3.8
2014-15 26 MEM 70 31.8 15.8 3.0 5.4 1.3 0.2 1.5 44.6 85.9 2.2 0.4 2.6 4.0 38.6 5.6 12.6 3.1 3.6
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Mike Conley NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 1 39.0 11.0 1.0 9.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 23.1 71.4 1.0 0.0 1.0 6.0 0.0 3.0 13.0 5.0 7.0
Last 14 Days 4 34.3 11.3 1.0 6.5 2.0 0.0 1.0 31.3 78.6 1.8 0.0 1.0 4.8 21.1 3.8 12.0 2.8 3.5
Last 30 Days 7 31.3 14.1 1.1 5.6 1.4 0.0 1.4 41.2 82.6 1.4 0.0 1.1 4.4 32.3 5.0 12.1 2.7 3.3
Last 5 Games 5 32.8 13.4 0.8 5.8 1.6 0.0 1.4 38.3 77.8 1.6 0.0 0.8 5.0 28.0 4.6 12.0 2.8 3.6
Last 10 Games 10 30.8 13.9 1.1 5.2 1.1 0.1 1.2 41.7 84.4 1.6 0.0 1.1 4.1 29.3 5.0 12.0 2.7 3.2
Last 20 Games 20 31.1 13.7 1.7 5.4 1.4 0.3 1.4 42.9 83.9 1.9 0.1 1.6 4.2 33.3 5.0 11.6 2.4 2.8

 

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True Shooting Percentage

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In 2014-15, Mike Conley has a true shooting percentage of 55.8%.

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Mike Conley NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 19 53 36.0 13.0 3.6 5.8 1.1 0.1 0.8 42.8 73.2 2.3 0.5 3.1 2.4 33.0 4.9 11.5 2.3 3.2
2008-09 20 82 36.0 12.8 4.0 5.1 1.3 0.1 1.3 44.2 81.7 2.1 0.4 3.6 3.1 40.6 4.6 10.5 2.3 2.8
2009-10 21 80 36.0 13.5 2.7 6.0 1.5 0.2 1.2 44.5 74.3 2.4 0.4 2.3 3.0 38.7 5.2 11.6 2.0 2.6
2010-11 22 MEM 81 36.0 13.9 3.1 6.6 1.8 0.2 1.0 44.4 73.3 2.2 0.4 2.7 2.7 36.9 5.3 11.9 2.3 3.1
2011-12 23 MEM 62 36.0 13.0 2.6 6.7 2.3 0.2 1.0 43.3 86.1 2.1 0.4 2.2 2.6 37.7 4.9 11.3 2.3 2.6
2012-13 24 MEM 80 36.0 15.3 2.9 6.4 2.3 0.3 1.4 44.0 83.0 2.5 0.6 2.4 3.8 36.2 5.4 12.3 3.1 3.7
2013-14 25 MEM 73 36.0 18.5 3.1 6.5 1.6 0.2 1.5 45.0 81.5 2.2 0.6 2.5 4.3 36.1 6.8 15.2 3.3 4.1
2014-15 26 MEM 70 36.0 17.9 3.4 6.1 1.4 0.2 1.7 44.6 85.9 2.5 0.5 2.9 4.5 38.6 6.4 14.3 3.5 4.0
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Mike Conley NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 19 53 1381 498 139 222 44 2 30 42.8 73.2 89 21 118 91 33.0 189 442 90 123
2008-09 20 82 2508 895 276 354 90 8 88 44.2 81.7 143 25 251 217 40.6 323 730 161 197
2009-10 21 80 2565 959 191 425 109 12 82 44.5 74.3 170 30 161 212 38.7 369 830 139 187
2010-11 22 MEM 81 2872 1107 247 528 144 18 80 44.4 73.3 176 32 215 217 36.9 423 953 181 247
2011-12 23 MEM 62 2174 788 156 404 136 11 60 43.3 86.1 125 22 134 159 37.7 296 684 136 158
2012-13 24 MEM 80 2757 1168 225 487 174 24 106 44.0 83.0 189 43 182 293 36.2 414 940 234 282
2013-14 25 MEM 73 2446 1256 213 441 110 13 105 45.0 81.5 150 41 172 291 36.1 463 1030 225 276
2014-15 26 MEM 70 2225 1107 209 375 89 14 107 44.6 85.9 156 29 180 277 38.6 393 882 214 249
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Mike Conley NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2007-08 19 53 26.1 50.2 46.2 27.5 11.0 2.5 10.0
2008-09 20 82 30.6 54.8 50.3 26.9 10.9 2.5 12.6
2009-10 21 80 32.1 52.6 49.4 28.2 11.3 2.5 12.7
2010-11 22 MEM 81 35.5 52.1 48.6 29.9 10.0 3.0 15.7
2011-12 23 MEM 62 35.1 52.3 47.7 31.5 9.7 3.2 15.5
2012-13 24 MEM 80 34.5 54.9 49.7 28.0 10.9 2.6 16.4
2013-14 25 MEM 73 33.5 54.5 50.0 25.3 8.6 2.9 17.3
2014-15 26 MEM 70 31.8 55.8 50.6 24.6 10.2 2.4 15.9
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Mike Conley 2014-15 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
May 15 GSW 39 11 1 9 2 0 1 3 13 5 7 0 6 0 1 1
May 13 at GSW 33 13 0 5 3 0 2 5 10 3 3 0 2 0 0 3
May 11 GSW 33 10 3 7 3 0 3 4 15 0 0 2 5 0 3 2
May 9 GSW 32 11 0 5 0 0 1 3 10 3 4 2 6 0 0 2
May 5 at GSW 27 22 0 3 0 0 1 8 12 3 4 3 6 0 0 1
May 3 at GSW                                
Apr 29 POR                                
Apr 27 at POR                                
Apr 25 at POR 26 14 3 4 1 0 0 6 14 1 1 1 3 0 3 1
Apr 22 POR 29 18 1 6 1 0 2 6 11 4 4 2 3 0 1 0
Apr 19 POR 24 16 1 1 1 0 2 6 11 4 5 0 2 0 1 0
Apr 15 IND                                
Apr 13 at GSW                                
Apr 11 at LAC                                
Apr 10 at UTA                                
Apr 8 NOP 33 10 2 4 0 0 2 4 9 0 0 2 3 0 2 3
Apr 4 WAS 32 14 0 8 0 1 2 5 15 4 4 0 5 0 0 0
Apr 3 OKC 36 13 5 7 2 0 0 3 11 7 8 0 5 1 4 4
Mar 30 SAC 34 18 4 2 1 2 1 6 14 4 6 2 6 1 3 2
Mar 29 at SAS 35 6 1 9 3 0 1 2 11 0 0 2 5 0 1 3
Mar 27 GSW 32 16 3 5 3 0 5 7 13 0 0 2 4 0 3 4
Mar 25 CLE 26 10 1 5 0 1 3 4 7 0 0 2 3 0 1 1
Mar 23 at NYK 26 7 1 4 0 0 2 3 10 0 0 1 2 0 1 1
Mar 21 POR 34 21 2 9 1 0 1 8 11 2 2 3 5 0 2 0
Mar 20 at DAL 26 14 0 3 0 0 3 4 9 4 5 2 3 0 0 4
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Mar 17 at DET                                
Mar 16 DEN                                
Mar 14 MIL                                
Mar 12 at WAS                                
Mar 11 at BOS 33 20 1 3 2 0 5 9 12 0 0 2 5 0 1 2
Mar 9 at CHI 31 9 5 9 5 1 1 3 13 3 3 0 5 0 5 0
Mar 7 at NOP 31 17 4 3 1 0 1 5 9 4 4 3 6 1 3 2
Mar 6 LAL 34 12 4 6 1 1 2 4 9 3 6 1 3 0 4 2
Mar 4 at HOU 33 17 2 6 1 0 3 6 9 4 4 1 2 0 2 2
Mar 3 UTA 36 11 1 4 1 1 2 4 11 3 4 0 2 0 1 1
Feb 28 at MIN 35 17 2 4 2 0 2 5 13 5 5 2 5 0 2 2
Feb 27 LAC 26 4 3 2 0 0 2 2 11 0 0 0 3 1 2 2
Feb 25 at SAC 36 12 3 7 3 0 5 4 14 3 3 1 4 1 2 1
Feb 23 at LAC 34 18 3 7 2 0 1 5 10 7 8 1 3 1 2 0
Feb 22 at POR 30 15 6 8 2 1 0 6 15 2 2 1 1 2 4 3
Feb 11 at OKC 18 8 1 0 1 0 0 2 7 4 4 0 3 0 1 2
Feb 10 BKN 28 2 0 4 3 0 2 1 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Feb 8 ATL 33 21 3 6 3 0 1 7 12 5 5 2 4 0 3 1
Feb 6 at MIN 36 15 4 7 1 0 3 6 13 2 3 1 5 0 4 1
Feb 4 at UTA 31 17 3 2 0 0 2 6 11 2 2 3 5 0 3 2
Feb 2 at PHO 28 23 1 1 2 0 3 9 15 4 5 1 5 0 1 5
Jan 31 OKC 29 10 2 3 0 0 3 4 12 0 0 2 5 2 0 1
Jan 29 DEN                                
Jan 27 at DAL                                
Jan 26 ORL 22 5 1 0 1 0 2 2 8 0 0 1 4 0 1 0
Jan 24 PHI 21 9 2 1 1 0 2 3 8 2 2 1 2 1 1 3
Jan 21 TOR 29 12 4 2 0 0 4 4 11 3 4 1 3 1 3 3
Jan 19 DAL 30 22 1 4 0 0 1 7 16 6 7 2 8 0 1 3
Jan 17 POR                                
Jan 16 at ORL                                
Jan 14 at BKN 24 6 1 2 0 2 2 3 10 0 0 0 3 0 1 3
Jan 11 PHO 42 25 7 8 1 0 7 9 18 3 3 4 7 0 7 1
Jan 9 at NOP 33 19 5 7 1 0 2 7 18 3 3 2 6 1 4 2
Jan 7 at ATL 34 17 9 6 3 0 5 7 15 1 1 2 5 2 7 3
Jan 5 NYK 27 22 7 7 2 0 1 9 12 2 2 2 3 2 5 0
Jan 3 at DEN 25 8 2 5 1 0 1 4 11 0 0 0 1 0 2 2
Jan 2 at LAL 32 19 6 9 2 1 2 5 13 6 8 3 5 1 5 1
Dec 30 SAS 33 30 7 6 1 0 4 10 13 6 7 4 5 0 7 3
Dec 27 at MIA 32 24 1 3 2 0 3 7 12 6 7 4 6 0 1 3
Dec 26 HOU 37 11 4 7 2 0 2 4 15 1 2 2 5 1 3 3
Dec 22 UTA 32 28 4 4 0 0 1 12 22 0 0 4 6 0 4 3
Dec 21 at CLE 25 11 2 5 1 0 0 5 13 1 1 0 4 0 2 0
Dec 19 CHI 32 21 3 2 0 1 2 7 18 6 7 1 5 0 3 2
Dec 17 at SAS 47 14 8 10 2 0 3 5 19 2 2 2 7 0 8 3
Dec 16 GSW 32 17 0 5 4 0 3 6 18 5 5 0 4 0 0 4
Dec 13 at PHI 42 36 3 9 0 0 4 13 22 5 8 5 9 1 2 3
Dec 12 CHA 42 19 6 6 0 0 3 6 14 6 6 1 3 0 6 3
Dec 9 DAL 33 22 4 3 2 0 1 9 13 2 2 2 4 0 4 0
Dec 7 MIA 28 18 0 2 0 0 3 8 8 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
Dec 5 SAS 38 23 1 10 1 0 0 7 15 8 9 1 3 0 1 1
Dec 3 at HOU 27 15 2 6 3 0 5 5 9 4 4 1 4 1 1 2
Nov 30 at SAC 31 10 3 6 1 0 3 4 11 1 2 1 3 1 2 3
Nov 28 at POR 38 21 10 9 0 0 1 8 17 5 5 0 1 2 8 1
Nov 26 at LAL 30 19 2 7 1 0 3 6 11 6 6 1 4 1 1 2
Nov 23 LAC 27 7 3 7 0 0 2 2 6 2 5 1 3 0 3 3
Nov 21 BOS 28 15 4 8 0 0 1 6 9 0 0 3 4 0 4 0
Nov 19 at TOR 42 19 10 5 1 0 2 7 17 4 4 1 1 1 9 4
Nov 17 HOU 23 19 2 6 2 0 1 6 10 6 6 1 3 1 1 1
Nov 15 DET 33 18 2 4 0 0 3 5 10 6 6 2 2 0 2 3
Nov 13 SAC 39 22 1 11 1 0 1 8 17 5 6 1 3 0 1 4
Nov 11 LAL 35 23 1 3 3 0 4 7 16 7 7 2 4 0 1 2
Nov 8 at MIL 29 7 0 4 2 0 3 2 8 3 4 0 1 0 0 2
Nov 7 at OKC 35 20 3 5 1 0 0 7 14 3 4 3 4 1 2 1
Nov 5 at PHO 29 24 1 11 2 0 1 9 14 3 5 3 4 0 1 2
Nov 3 NOP 30 11 3 5 2 2 2 2 10 7 7 0 1 0 3 2
Nov 1 at CHA 34 9 4 7 1 0 3 3 14 3 3 0 3 0 4 2
Oct 31 at IND 33 17 2 4 1 0 4 6 19 2 3 3 8 0 2 2
Oct 29 MIN 34 16 1 6 1 0 1 7 14 1 3 1 4 1 0 3

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Mike Conley: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Conley struggled in a Game 6 elimination loss to the Warriors, posting 11 points (3-13 FG, 5-7 FT, 0-6 3Pt), one rebound, nine assists, and two steals in 39 minutes of action.

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Conley posted 13 points, five assists, and three steals in 33 minutes of action in Game 5's loss to the Warriors.

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Conley went cold from the field in Game 4's loss to the Warriors, shooting 4-for-15 for 10 points, three rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in 33 minutes of action.

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Conley required intravenous fluids to take care of his cramps following Saturday's Game 3 against the Warriors, The Commercial Appeal reports. Additionally, Conley's stitches above his right eye popped out during the course of Game 3, but neither of these incidents are expected to keep him from playing in Game 4 on Monday.

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Conley scored 11 points (3-10 FG 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT) with five assists in the game three win over the Warriors on Saturday.

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Conley (face) returned to action in Game 2 against the Warriors and posted 22 points, three assists, and three treys in 27 minutes of action.

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Conley (face) will attempt to play Tuesday and should be in the starting lineup, ESPN reports.

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Conley (face) is officially listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 2 against Golden State, Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. Conley, himself, said Monday that he expects to play, though the team's medical staff will ultimately have the final say.

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Conley (face) said he expects to play in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Warriors, Peter Fleischer of FOX Sports Memphis reports.

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Conley (face) is unlikely to play in Game 2 on Tuesday against the Warriors, Sam Amick of USA Today reports.

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Conley (face) will not play in Game 1 on Sunday against the Warriors, Rob Fischer of Sports 56 WHBQ-87.7FM reports.

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Conley (face) is on the court for pregame warmups against the Warriors on Sunday, further complicating his original designation of doubtful coming into Sunday, Kevin Lipe of the Memphis Flyer reports.

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2013-14

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.

2012-13

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.

2011-12

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.

2010-11

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.

2009-10

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.

2008-09

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.

2007-08

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.