Jazz veteran Mike Conley gets the call for 2021 NBA All-Star Game
After a lengthy 14 years in the NBA, Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley is finally getting the call for his very first NBA All-Star Game appearance. The league announced on Friday that Conley would be appearing in Sunday’s prestigious game in Atlanta, pending medical protocols, per Tony Jones of the Athletic.
BREAKING: Mike Conley pending medical protocol is invited to the all-star game, league sources tell The Athletic
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) March 6, 2021
The Jazz veteran will be replacing Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker, who will be sitting out both the All-Star Game and the Three-Point Contest due to a sore knee.
Phoenix’s Devin Booker has been replaced by Utah’s Mike Conley Jr. in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. Conley will also participate in the 3-point contest.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 6, 2021
This is certainly deserving. Conley spent 12 years with the Memphis Grizzlies where he became the cornerstone of that franchise. They eventually decided to ship him off to the Jazz prior to last season after drafting Ja Morant second overall.
Conley’s first year in Utah wasn’t great, but he’s bounced back this season with some impressive numbers. The vet is averaging 16.1 points and 5.7 dimes per game while shooting 42 percent from downtown for the NBA-best Jazz.
Teammate Donovan Mitchell was also pumped to hear the news that Conley would be joining him in Atlanta with a hilarious response on Twitter:
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) March 6, 2021
You’d have to think this selection for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game means everything to Conley after countless years of grinding it out in the association. Considering he’s been a key piece of Utah’s outstanding first-half, it’s only fitting. Conley will now be the third All-Star from the Jazz this season, joining Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.