Former Buckeye Mike Conley Jr. Makes First NBA All-Star Game

By Colin Hass-Hill on March 5, 2021 at 8:46 pm
Mike Conley Jr.
Credit: Ohio State Dept. of Athletics

The drought is over.

It took 14 seasons, but former Buckeye guard and current Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley Jr. has finally made his first NBA All-Star team. He'll join Team Durant as the replacement for Devin Booker who will sit out with a left knee sprain after earning an All-Star bid himself in place of Anthony Davis who's missing the game due to a right calf strain.

For years, Conley has earned a reputation as one of the best players ever not to play in the All-Star Game despite a career spanning nearly a decade and a half during which he has averaged 14.9 points, 5.6 assists, three rebounds and 1.4 steals.

A former No. 4 overall selection out of Ohio State in the 2007 NBA Draft, Conley starred for years with the Memphis Grizzlies before being dealt to the Jazz prior to the 2019-20 season as his former team began to retool its roster and begin a rebuild. He struggled in his transition to Utah a year ago, averaging his fewest points per game (14.4) in eight years.

However, Conley bounced back to record 16.1 points, 5.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game as a 33-year-old veteran point guard this season. He wasn't initially voted an All-Star, but due to injuries, the streak of him just missing the cut came to an end on Friday night.

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