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Mike Conley Resurgence


Elizah Huge

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Huge shoutout to Mike for his play this season.

- One of only 4 players in the NBA to average at least 6 assists per game and no more than 1.5 turnovers per game

- Conley/Clarkson are 4th in the league in APG for starting backcourts

- Conley is averaging a career high 7.5 APG

- His Assist/Turnover Ratio is an elite 5.2

- Shooting a career high 42.6% from 3 on 5.5 attempts per game

- He is +70 through 12 games

Too many people were down on him after a bad playoff series. I have always believed in Mike. Sexton has credited him multiple times for being a great mentor too.
 


sip

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He has been great. I would expect a team like the clippers to start calling pretty consistently over the next month to try and pry him away.
 

SoUjazzfan

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I wouldn't even consider trading him until the ASB. There's just so much he can teach the new guy's. Especially Sexton. If we see a drop off and decide to go into primarily development mode then kick the tires on a trade for someone younger or a future pic. If we're going to make a run in the playoffs keep him, he's a necessary piece to have any chance.
 

KqWIN

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I was actually very worried about Conley this year. He obviously had a terrible playoff series, but he was also struggling all last season with getting past guys.

I still have some remaining concerns about him in a playoff situation, but I think Hardy has done wonders for him. Quin ball really damaged a lot of our players and habits. I forgot what it was like to have a different brand of basketball. I don’t think Conley is the same player he was before, but his resurgence has come with a better coach/system. We had almost zero off ball cutting and movement by the end of the Quin era. “Advantage basketball” had more or less turned into run PnR, spread out, and everyone stand around. Conley has been such a great maestro with all the additional cutting and movement. Defensively, it has also helped him out to have a more dynamic structure that creates more turnovers and provides more help defense beyond the C.
 

TheGoldStandard

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Seems like Mike's back to playing how he did in Memphis. Quin didn't know how to use him with Donovan, and it hampered his abilities. Can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Also, having 6'6 Clarkson at the 2 instead of two undersized guards in the backcourt is paying off.
This. I've always liked Mike but was against pairing him with Don in the backcourt. His salary made the prior iteration of the team inflexible with upgrades too. Glad to see him playing so well.
 

Jingled

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Hardy has been fantastic no doubt, but I think Quin is getting some unfair blame. Yes, Mike struggled his first year in Quins system, but the next 3 years he played terrific in the system, he even made his only all-star game two years ago under Quin. Quin coached the Jazz to the best record in the league two years ago, the #1 offense in the league last year and #2 the year before, we also had the #1defense and #2 defense in the league under Quin during the 17-18 and 18-19 seasons.

Some of the criticism is fair, lack of flexibility with his lineups and rotations, and lack of adjustments among other things, but acting like Quin was a bad coach or like he didn't get the best out of his players is just silly and not true.
 
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LogGrad98

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I was actually very worried about Conley this year. He obviously had a terrible playoff series, but he was also struggling all last season with getting past guys.

I still have some remaining concerns about him in a playoff situation, but I think Hardy has done wonders for him. Quin ball really damaged a lot of our players and habits. I forgot what it was like to have a different brand of basketball. I don’t think Conley is the same player he was before, but his resurgence has come with a better coach/system. We had almost zero off ball cutting and movement by the end of the Quin era. “Advantage basketball” had more or less turned into run PnR, spread out, and everyone stand around. Conley has been such a great maestro with all the additional cutting and movement. Defensively, it has also helped him out to have a more dynamic structure that creates more turnovers and provides more help defense beyond the C.
Yeah here's why. This is a rare shot at Quin's office right after he left the Jazz, with 1/2 of his offensive system development notes.

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