TAG: Mike Conley

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 4:00 pm

The 5 Best Matchups To Watch In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul (Jayne Kamin/Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s that time of year again. After 2,460 games played in the 2013-14 season, 16 teams have earned their placement in the 2014 Playoffs. As Doc Rivers urges, “Now the real basketball starts.”

While much attention has been focused on the first-round matchups in the Western Conference due to the stellar performances by the majority of Western teams this season, there are intriguing matchups in the East that could translate into even more intriguing matchups in the second round. Read More »

College / Mar 26, 2014 / 2:15 pm

The 20 Best College Teams Of The Last 25 Years To Never Win An NCAA Title

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. Chad Griffith)

If you watched the NCAA tournament this past weekend, you had the chance to witness that the best teams do not always win. We saw Duke lose to a 14-seeded Mercer team that destroyed all of our brackets, while also witnessing Kansas, Ohio State, Syracuse, North Carolina and Wichita State all fall early. Having the best talent can only get you so far when it comes to tournament time. In a tournament where anything can happen, it takes a great team that plays together to win the NCAA title–not just a group of individuals. Read More »

NBA, Video / Mar 25, 2014 / 11:45 am

The 10 Best Ballhandlers In The NBA Right Now

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Ballhandling is a skill that can define a player. Now that the game of basketball has been influenced more than ever by streetball played on the blacktop, ballhandling skills are increasingly being showcased and developed by players. Strong handles, whether it is a simple behind-the-back crossover or a hesitation move, can benefit the player in a multitude of ways. It is an entertaining, yet difficult to master method to take advantage of an opponent. Read More »

NBA / Mar 21, 2014 / 11:45 am

The 25 Biggest Bargains In The NBA

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler (Howard Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Like all pro leagues, the NBA is a game of dollars. In this career, the tenure is short; many NBA players won’t see 10 years in the industry. Even the league’s top crop may only see 15 to 20 years of service.

So this is where it gets tricky; how do you get an individual who has a limited career window to take less money than he’s worth? If the player is a veteran who has bought into the system and city, maybe he will take less money to help the team. Clearly that’s not Kobe Bryant. Players on rookie deals don’t have any choice in the matter and always provide teams with some flexibility. Maybe the player has an injury history, or off-court disciplinary problem that lowers his market value. Read More »

NBA / Mar 13, 2014 / 12:01 am

Video: Mike Conley Hits The Game-Winning Floater

Mike Conley, Anthony Davis

Mike Conley, Anthony Davis (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

It might seem like Money Mike Conley has seen his production slip this season as the Grizzlies dropped back of the first tier pack in the Western Conference after reaching the Conference Finals for the first time in history last season. But his PER is at an all-time high through the first three quarters of the season and he kept the Grizzlies within striking distance of a playoff berth out west after Marc Gasol went down early in the year. On Wednesday night, Conley sank a game-winning floater against the Pelicans to give the Grizzlies their fourth straight win. Read More »

NBA / Mar 5, 2014 / 11:45 am

Who’s In? Who’s Out? Breaking Down The Western Conference Playoff Race

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA’s Western Conference is stacked with teams that have a chance to make a deep playoff run, but only one team can represent the West in the NBA Finals. The NCAA Tournament is right around the corner for all the college fans, but the NBA might have it’s own version with four teams fighting for the final three playoff spots in the West. Read More »

All-Star, NBA / Feb 19, 2014 / 2:30 pm

The 10 Best NBA Players Who May Never Be All-Stars

Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

Before the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend, we knew which studs would be playing, but that was never the fun part. We’d rather talk about who should’ve made it. Did you really think Anthony Davis deserved to be an All-Star before DeMarcus Cousins? The season that Cousins is having still blows my mind that he didn’t make the All-Star team, although we all know why: His team is terrible. Read More »

NBA / Jan 16, 2014 / 1:00 pm

The 15 All-Time NBA Western Conference Starting Lineups

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Not everyone can have the same history as the L.A. Lakers or even the San Antonio Spurs. But still, that’s not stopping us from ranking the 15 all-time Western Conference starting lineups. From Wilt all the way down to Wally — yes, Wally Szczerbiak — here are the top players at every position for every West franchise. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Jan 15, 2014 / 12:45 am

Video: Mike Conley Breaks Kevin Durant’s Ankles

Mike Conley

Mike Conley (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Conley ran a clinic of beautiful moves that got the best of Kevin Durant in the second quarter on Tuesday night. Durant switched on defense to guard Conley on the perimeter, and the underrated point guard took full advantage of what turned into a mismatch on the perimeter. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Jan 12, 2014 / 9:45 pm

Video: Mike Conley Crosses Up Shelvin Mack

Mike Conley Jr.

Mike Conley Jr. (Spruce Derden/USA TODAY Sports)

Some people thought the five-year, $40 million contract extension Mike Conley signed with the Grizzlies in November of 2010 was way too much for the point guard out of Ohio State. But Conley has proved Grizzlies brass prescient, and this season he’s averaging a career high 18 PPG. With Marc Gasol still out with a sprained left knee, he’s had to take a more focal role in the offense. Watch as he puts the ball on a yo-yo and crosses up Atlanta’s Shelvin Mack in the 108-101 Grizzlies victory against the visiting Hawks on Sunday night. Read More »