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Possible Landing Spots for Mike Conley

January 23, 2019 ray-rose 3 min read
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Possible Landing Spots for Mike Conley

January 23, 2019 Ray Rose 3 min read

Mike Conley has been one of the most underrated point guards in the NBA for a long time. The 31 year old Ohio State product has had a notable career with Memphis, taking them to the playoffs in 6 out of his 11 seasons. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies are currently the second worst team in the West and are looking to get younger. Which means Conley is probably seeing his last days in Memphis. He does still have a lot to offer on the court and can make a big impact for a playoff team if the Grizzlies look to trade him.

Utah Jazz

The Jazz are currently sitting at the 7th spot in the West. However, the Clippers and Lakers are not far behind them so Utah will need to add to their roster if they want to compete in the playoffs. The Jazz have a pretty complete team with Gobert and Favors down low, as well as Mitchell, Ingles and Korver on the wing. However, they are very thin at point guard. Right now they have Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto. Neto is still developing as a younger player and Rubio is a talented passer but is a below average shooter and defender. Adding Conley would provide the Jazz with veteran leadership that they are in dire need of. Utah is composed of lethal shooters such as Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen and Joe Ingles. Conley would compliment those shooters very well as another weapon as a ball dominant player who will be able to create plays and find open shooters.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers are barely holding on to the 8th spot in the West with the Lakers right behind them. The Clippers started out hot earlier in the season but have seemed to cool down a little. A couple of moves during the trade deadline could change them from pretenders to contenders. The team as a whole is very young and the addition of Conley would benefit the development of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Tobias Harris. In addition, Conley would be a valuable asset on both ends of the court. The Clippers don’t have anyone averaging over 20 points and Mike is currently at 19.8 per game. Los Angeles is also in the bottom half of the league in points allowed per game. Conley is a great on the ball defender and has been on NBA All-Defensive teams in the past. The addition of Mike Conley to the Clippers could benefit them offensively and defensively and make them a dangerous team to play in the playoffs.

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers look to be one of the top teams in the East but need to adjust their roster to become the best in the East. Arguably one of the best defensive teams in the league, they average the lowest points allowed per game in the league. Myles Turner has solidified himself as an effective rim protector and Victor Oladipo is one of the best two way players in the game. While they led the league in lowest points allowed, they tend to struggle to score at times. Indiana is in the bottom half in points scored per game. Conley would be a valuable asset because his presence would allow the defense to not focus on Oladipo and Turner as much and open up the floor for more dribble drive penetration. Mike would be very valuable in the passing game as well for Indiana. Right now Darren Collison is the starting point guard but is incomparable to Conley. Conley is the same age as Collison and averages more points, rebounds and assists per game and has more playoff experience. The threat of Conley as a scorer makes him even more dangerous as a facilitator. Adding Conley would be very vital for the Pacers if they want to reach the later rounds of the playoffs.

Ray Rose

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