Mike Conley is a professional basketball player who is currently in the point guard position for the Memphis Grizzlies. His father is a triple jump Olympic gold and silver medalist, Mike Conley Sr.
He led his team to three straight state championships while he was attending Lawrence North High School. In 2006, he was ranked as the top 3 point guard and the top 18 player in the country by Rivals.com. He was also a McDonald’s All- American.
Upon joining the Ohio State Buckeyes, he was instrumental in making the team the Big Ten Conference Champion and an NCAA Tournament runner-up. In the 2007 NBA draft, Conley was fourth in the overall pick and was signed by the Memphis Grizzlies.
He finished his rookie year with a 9.4-point and 4.2-assist per game average. In his second season, he was placed into the starting line, eventually becoming a permanent starter for the team. His average for the season was 12 points and 5.3 assists.
In the 2010 to 2011 Season, the Grizzlies made the playoffs for the first time in five years. Conley was instrumental in enabling the team to become the eight seed in the Western Conference. In the semifinals, the Grizzlies lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
During the 2012 to 2013 Season, the Grizzlies were able to beat the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder. They advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in Grizzlies history but eventually got defeated by the San Antonio Spurs. Conley averaged 14.6 points and 6.1 assists during this season.
The Grizzlies were able to reach the playoffs for four consecutive years with the help of Conley’s career-high scoring of 17.2 points per game. While the Grizzlies was defeated by the Thunder, Conley went on to receive the NBA Sportsmanship Award.
In the 2014 to 2015 Season, he scored a career-high 36 points as his team became the fifth seed in the Western Conference but they eventually lost to the Golden State Warriors in the semi-finals. He was also injured and had to wear a protective mask.
Conley had another career milestone when he surpassed the record for the third highest scoring list in the franchise history on the 2015 to 2016 Season. He had 7,821 career points and he recorded his third double-double. For the second time, he was awarded the NBA Sportsmanship Award.
He signed with Grizzlies again in the 2016 to 2017season. While he scored career-high three pointers and went on to set a new franchise history with a total of 845 three-pointers, he was also hampered by injuries. Conley was ruled out for the rest of the 2017 to 2018 Season due to left Achilles injury.
Career Accomplishments:• NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2013)• 2-time NBA Sportsmanship Award (2014, 2016)• McDonald’s All-American (2006)• First-team All-Big Ten (2007)