Kings’ Luke Walton a big fan of ‘underrated’ Jazz guard Mike Conley
The Utah Jazz quietly built a strong squad in the offseason after acquiring Mike Conley from the Memphis Grizzlies. They are currently figuring out how Conley and Donovan Mitchell will work together on the backcourt, but coaches like Sacramento Kings’ Luke Walton is already taking note of the quiet addition the Jazz made in the offseason.
The former Lakers head coach had nothing but praise to say about Conley’s game and is certain that he will bring a new dimension to the Jazz offense.
“Conley’s been one of my favorite guards in this league ever since he’s been here. I think he’s underrated,” Walton said, per Sean Cunningham of ABC10. “I think he competes offensively and defensively. He’s hit big shots throughout his career. He’s been deep into the playoffs. He adds another dimension of someone who can knock down and make big-time plays for that team.”
Walton also agreed that not a lot of people talked about the move due to the eventful offseason that saw plenty of big names switch teams. However, he claims that he noticed the Jazz’s impressive move and knows that they will be a tough opponent to face this season.
Conley has always been an epitome of consistency throughout his career. His career averages (14.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 5.7 assists) don’t tell of the tremendous impact he’s made on the Grizzlies through the Grit-And-Grind era with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
The veteran guard will definitely be a problem for opponents to face, especially now that he’s playing with players like two-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.