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Mike Conley: Worth the Money

February 17th, 2017 at 8:31 AM
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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Conley signed the biggest contract in league history, 5 years – $152,605,576, over the summer. The league and media erupted with disbelief, claiming this was an unnecessary move to keep an unproven point guard.

As a Memphis fan, I spent the next two weeks after his signing defending why the organization made this decision. And I am here to say that Mike Conley is earning his $26,540,100 this year. He got snubbed from the All-Star game again, but do we have to act surprised? (Think of who he competing with- Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, just to name a few.)

Based on the last 10 games alone, Mike Conley is playing at an elite level, and definitely at a level that the Memphis Grizzlies need their highest paid player to play at.

On the season Conley is averaging 19.4 points per game, in the last 10 games, he has bumped that up to 22.1. His assist and rebound numbers are about even, but his play on the floor is what stands out. He shooting the ball more confidently (see the video below for proof), just under 49% in the last 10 games. He is 44% from 3-point land, that’s up three percent from his season average, and he is attempting just over …

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