Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert campaign managers for Mike Conley’s All-Star bid
Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley has been one of the league’s most underrated and underappreciated players for several seasons now. He’s been a borderline All-Star during his years with the Memphis Grizzlies. But for some reason, the 33-year-old playmaker has been left out of the festivities every time and has yet to have an All-Star citation next to his name on Basketball Reference.
Conley wants that to change this season, with a legitimate case to make the reserves for the Western Conference All-Stars which will be announced next week. His Utah Jazz teammates couldn’t agree more, as Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and Jordan Clarkson all expressed their support for Conley’s All-Star bid.
Imma say this one last time! @MCONLEY10 deserves to be an all star! 110% so please put some damn respect on his name and get him in the game 💯💯
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 20, 2021
Shouldn’t even be a debate… https://t.co/nzZzVcxSAr
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) February 20, 2021
— Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) February 20, 2021
Mike Conley Jr. does not exactly have the largest fan base so he hasn’t won the popular vote over the years. He has received votes from the media and NBA coaches in seasons past but has always been passed over for other stars.
The battle-tested point guard is actually enjoying a career-high rate shooting the ball this year, draining 41 percent of his 3-pointers while averaging 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.4 steals in 24 games for the Jazz. He made a triumphant return on Friday after a six-game absence due to injury, pitching in 16 points in the Jazz’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
As vital as Conley has been for the Jazz’s success this season, it’s unlikely that he will make it to the final seven names to represent the West. There is simply so much talent and a handful of deserving guards than him at this time, with his teammate Donovan Mitchell a lock for that slot.
But with the success the Jazz have garnered this year, in large part thanks to Mike Conley, maybe this is his year.