This Friday night at Vivint Arena will be a special one for Mike Conley. As he takes the court for the opening tip, it will mark his 1000th regular season game, a feat that only 11 other players have reached this season.
When Conley first entered the league in 2007, he was a pass-first point guard. Sixteen years later, he’s still the same player but with a more mature and improved mental game. He’s still able to control the pace of the game, run an offense, and knock down the open three-pointer – all at a very high level.
Conley has been the steady force behind the league’s fourth-best offense this season. He’s averaging a career-high 7.6 assists per game while still putting up 10.5 points and 2.5 rebounds on 36.1% shooting from deep. He’s been even better over his past nine games, averaging 12.4 points, 7.6 assists, and 3.8 rebounds on 37.5% shooting from deep.
The Utah Jazz will have the chance to continue their recent hot streak when they host Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Conley and the Jazz will have to go up against one of the youngest and most exciting backcourts in the league. Whichever duo can come out on top should help lead their team to victory.
Be sure to tune in this Friday night as Mike Conley takes the court for his 1000th regular season game. It’s sure to be a night to remember for Conley and the Jazz.