Jazz’s Mike Conley won’t play vs. Grizzlies due to hamstring injury
Conley spent the first 12 seasons of his NBA career with the Grizzlies before being traded to the Jazz this past offseason.
The floor general was expected to take Utah to another level this year, but that has not been the case thus far.
In the 21 games he has played, Conley has struggled, averaging 13.9 points, 4.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds over 29.9 minutes per game while shooting just 36.9 percent from the floor, 37.4 percent from three-point range and 79.5 percent from the free-throw line.
This comes on the heels of a 2018-19 campaign in which Conley registered 21.1 points, 6.4 assists, 3.4 boards and 1.3 steals across 33.5 minutes a night while making 43.8 percent of his field-goal attempts, 36.4 percent of his long-distance tries and 84.5 percent of his foul shots.
While Conley’s drastic dip in efficiency is alarming enough, his free-throw rate has also dropped, as he is taking just 3.5 free throws per game this season, his lowest mark since 2014-15.
The 32-year-old owns career averages of 14.9 points, 5.7 assists, three rebounds and 1.5 steals through 32.5 minutes per game, connecting on 43.9 percent of his shots, 37.5 percent of his triples and 81.8 percent of his foul shots.
Obviously, something is not right with the veteran point guard this season, and it would certainly help the Jazz significantly if he could solve the problem rather quickly.
Utah, which was expected by many to contend in the Western Conference this year, is just 12-10.