One of the most underrated point guards of his generation, it took 14 years before Mike Conley was finally named to the All-Star team. Last season was one of the best of his career for Conley, both statically and squad-wise, where the veteran dominated the game.
Unfortunately, Conley and the Jazz fell short of their ultimate goal of winning a title last season. Many of the problematic issues stemmed from Conley’s injuries sustained late in the season and during the playoffs.
But after the big regular season, Conley entered the 2021-22 season with high hopes — both for himself and for Utah.
Although the season did not end the way the Jazz wanted, Conley continued to impress in his 15th season in the league. Averaging 13.7 points, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game, Conley shot 40.8% from beyond the arc, the second-highest mark in three-point territory from his career.
“The season has just ended and you have to decompress and look back on everything, but you can’t find any excuses,” Conley said. “Would I have liked to perform better in the playoffs? Sure. I think I was proud of how we performed throughout the year.”
For Conley, it was an interesting season.
At the start of the year, head coach Quin Snyder, Conley and the coaching staff all agreed on a specific plan for the guard, ideally limiting his minutes with the idea that he would be in perfect health for the playoffs.
While healthy for Utah’s first-round game with the Mavericks, Conley struggled from the floor as the ball refused to go through the hoop. Still, he was effective in directing the offense, thriving in the pick-and-roll with Rudy Gobert and helping find open shots for the rest of the Jazz.
A difficult end to a season shorter than expected. I want to thank my teammates and my coaches for what they bring to this game. And the organization and the fans for your commitment and support. Eyes on the future and growth. @utahjazz pic.twitter.com/JngemDRM8t
— Mike Conley (@mconley11) May 14, 2022
With a career shooting 38.2% from three-point territory in the regular season and 41.5% from beyond the arc in the playoffs, there’s no reason to think the Conley’s struggles will persist. It is widely believed that he will return to his veteran ways next season.