Michael Alex Conley Jr., one of the most famous basketball players for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA), is the all-time leading scorer in Grizzlies franchise history. Here are some facts about American professional basketball player:
He was born Michael Alex Conley Jr. on October 11, 1987, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. U.S.
He is the eldest of four children to Mike Conley Sr. the Olympian in track & fieldand Rene Corbin Conley. His sister Sydney Conley is also an athlete.
He attended Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis and was the backbone of his school’s three straight state champion teams.
His passion for basketball was very much evident as a one-year old when he would be obsessed with bouncy balls. He began playing in AAU from the age of six and was coached by his father who drove the team in his van for most of the games.
He led his school as a starting point guard to overall record of 103-7 and in his senior year alone he recorded 123 assists.
He has played all his basketball along with his childhood friend Greg Oden right from the age of 12 and went on to play for Lawrence High School and college at Ohio State University.
Although he missed out to his teammate Greg Oden, ending as second best for the Indiana Mr. Basketball award. He made it to the McDonald’s All-American team and to the third team of Parade All-American that season.
Conley accepted scholarship at Ohio State University and as freshman in 2006he averaged 11.3 points with 6.1assists, to lead the Buckeyes to a ‘Big Ten Conference Championship.’ He also made it to All-Big Ten First Team.
As the top point guardfollowing his freshman season, he announced his intention to enter 2007 NBA Draft in April. His father Conley Sr. represented him and Greg Oden as their agent.
On June 28, 2007 Conley was selected as the fourth overall pick in the first round by Memphis Grizzlies in the 2007 NBA Draft.
He started his rookie year sedately with the high of 20 points and 7 assists in a 134-124 loss to Cavaliers. He ended the 2008 season with average of 9.4 points with 4.2 assists per game.
From the 2009 season he became a permanent point guard following Kyle Lowry departure and improved his performance in the season averaging 12.0 points with 5.3 assists per game.
In the 2010-11 season he was the leader in assists per game with 6.5 and his 13.7 points per game helped Grizzlies enter play-off for the first time in five years. They went on to topple the top seed San Antonio Spurs.
Conley for the first time made it to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2012-13 season with his average of 14.6 points, 6.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. The Grizzlies were led all the way to Western Conference finals for the first time in the franchise history.
In the 2013-14 season he averaged his career high of 17.2 points and 2.9 rebounds with Grizzlies making the play-off once again, though they were eliminated in the first rounds.
Conley was recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2013-14 ‘NBA Sportsmanship Award’ for the season. He was one of the six divisional winners and pooled 77 first place votes and tallied 2,335 total points.
Conley was on target most of the time and recorded his career high of 36 points in the game against 76ers in December 2014. He also had a women spill her beer with his pass in the game which the Grizzlies went on to record 120-115 points win.
On April 25, 2015, he suffered facial fracture near his left eye in game 3 of play-off against Portland Trail Blazers. The fracture was the result of an inadvertent elbow he caught during a scramble for a loose ball. He had successful surgery and returned in May.
During the 2014 season he received a technical foul which was overturned the following day. As on April 2017, he has gone over 756 games in 10 seasons without a technical foul to record a longest streak.
On October 31, 2015, he climbed to third on the Grizzlies all-time list of points scored with his 22 points against Brooklyn Nets. He tallied 7,821 career points and surpassed Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
During the 2015-16 season Conley was plagued with injuries. In January he had missed six games with sore Achilles which again troubled him in March to rule him out for rest of the season.
Conley joined Grant Hill and Jason Kidd as multiple Joe Dumars trophy winners when he was awarded the 2015-16 NBA’s Sportsmanship Award for the second time.
Conley agreed in principal and signed a five year $153 million deal in July 2016. This was the first deal worth $100 million or more in NBA history and was recorded as the greatest contract by total value.
He recorded his career high-tying seven three pointer out of fifteen by Grizzlies in the game against Clippers on November 16, 2016. They went on to win 111 to 107.
Conley suffered a traverse process fracture in his back in the third-quarter of the game against Charlotte Hornets on November 29, 2016. The collision resulted in fractured vertebraeand two weeks away from action.
Although Grizzlies lost the game against Sacramento Kings 92 to 96 on December 16, he reached a milestone of becoming the franchise all-time leading scorer with a tally of 10,255 points.
He recorded his career high 38 points and also matched his seven three pointers in a win against Phoenix Suns on January 30. The team also just missed a franchise record with 16 three pointer in 115-96 win.
In the game against Pelicans on February 15, with his three pointer towards the end with just 1:49 left, Conley passed Mike Miller for the most three pointers in franchise history with 845.
On July 5, 2014, he married Mary Peluso, his longtime girlfriend and they have a son named Myles Alex Conley.
He is Christian by faith and has credits everything in his life to Jesus Christ. According to him ‘Jesus means the world.’