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Dante Exum hopes playing for the Jazz will ‘shine a bit of light’ on ‘underrated’ Mike Conley

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Dante Exum knows what Mike Conley is truly capable of, and he is hoping that it will be highlighted in his first season with the Utah Jazz.

The Jazz traded for Conley this offseason, sending Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder, Grayson Allen, the No. 23 pick in the 2019 Draft and a future protected first-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for the veteran guard. The move was largely seen as Utah’s attempt to establish themselves as legitimate title contenders in the loaded Western Conference.

Exum is a big believer of Conley, but he thinks the 31-year-old floor general is severely “underrated.” He added that Conley’s time with the Grizzlies didn’t help.

“He’s such a good guy and such an underrated player,” Exum said, per Callum Godde of 7News Australia. “He’s been hidden away in Memphis a little.

“Hopefully just coming to the Jazz is going to shine a bit of light on him and his abilities.”

Memphis drafted Conley with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. The Ohio State product spent the first 12 years of his career with the Grizzlies, posting averages of 14.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 788 games. Interestingly, Conley never made it into an All-Star team, even during the 2016-17 campaign when he put up 20.5 points, 3.5 boards, 6.3 dimes and 1.3 steals.

Conley, at 31, may be nearing the end of his prime. However, with budding stars like Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Bojan Bogdanovic alongside him, he has a new chance to prove he can take a playoff team to the next level.