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Biography

Background

PERSONAL

Born Oct. 11, 1987 in Fayetteville, Ark. and raised in Indianapolis… Full name is Michael Alex Conley, Jr… Son of Rene and Mike Conley, Sr., who won the gold medal in the triple jump in the 1992 Olympics and took silver in 1984… Has three siblings, Joan, Sydney and Jon… Father earned nine NCAA individual titles at Arkansas (class of 1985) and was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2004… Was a high school and college teammate of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Greg Oden, first at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis and then one season at Ohio State… Paired with Oden, lost just 11 total games during his high school and college careers… Father coached both Conley and Oden during the summers, starting when the duo was in the sixth grade… Both Conley, Sr. and Conley, Jr. own high school basketball state championships… Featured on the regional cover of Sports Illustrated during the Grizzlies’ 2013 Playoff run, becoming the first Grizzlies player ever to appear on an SI cover… Very active in the Memphis community, is one of two players in history (Pau Gasol) to join the Grizzlies Foundation Board of Directors… Co-hosted the 2012 Staxtacular event, his third consecutive year hosting the fundraiser benefiting the Stax Music Academy… An active participant in the Grizzlies TEAM UP Mentoring Initiative throughout his NBA career… Participated in the 2008 and 2009 “Peyback Bowl,” hosted by NFL superstar Peyton Manning, finishing second in 2008 to NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Reggie Wayne… Enjoys bowling, golf, video games and movies… An avid bowler, who averages over 200, hosts an annual Bowl-N-Bash to benefit the Special Olympics and Memphis Police Sports Federation.

2012-13 SEASON

A breakout performer in his sixth season in Memphis, averaged a career-high 14.6 points in 80 games (all starts) in 34.5 minutes…

Named to the 2012-13 Second Team All-Defense, his first career honor, after leading the Association in total steals (career-high 174) and ranking third in the league in steals per game (2.18)…

Led the Grizzlies in assists per game (6.1, T-19th in the NBA) for the sixth consecutive season and ranked second on the team in scoring… Also set career highs in three-pointers made (106), three-pointers attempted (294), free throws made (234), free throws attempted (282) and blocks (24)… Shattered his own single-season records for total steals (144 in 2010-11)…

Ranked third in the league in steals per 48 minutes (3.03)… Surpassed Jason Williams as the Grizzlies career leader in assists on Dec. 21 vs. Dallas…

Passed Rudy Gay as the franchise career leader in steals on Feb. 24 at Brooklyn…

Recorded a steal in a franchise-record 64 consecutive games from Nov. 16-March 30, the longest streak by any player this season and the third-longest streak by an NBA player since the start of the 1987-88 season behind only Chris Paul (108) and Michael Jordan (77)…

Became the first NBA player to record at least 170 steals and 20 blocks in a season since Dwyane Wade in 2008-09…

Finished the season strong, scoring 18.4 points on .477 shooting in 35.8 minutes in his final 17 games and scoring 20-or-more points 10 times…

Increased his per game averages in points (16.7), rebounds (3.4), assists (6.3), blocks (0.35) and field goal percentage (.460) in 31 games after the All-Star Break…

Averaged 13.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 0.24 blocks on .426 shooting before the Break…

Led Memphis in scoring following the All-Star Break by recording the two highest-scoring months of his career (17.6 points in March, 17.0 points in April)…

Paced the team in scoring in 10 of the final 17 games…

Averaged 15.6 points, 6.6 assists and 2.2 turnovers on .473 shooting in wins compared to 12.6 points, 5.1 assists and 2.7 turnovers on .373 shooting in losses…

Scored 20-or-more points in a career-high five consecutive games from April 1-9, the longest streak by any Grizzlies player this season…

Scored a season-high 26 points on March 27 at New York, one of his 17 games leading the Grizzlies in scoring…

Set career highs by making 12-of-13 from the free throw line in that game against the Knicks…

Scored 24 points in a season-high 48 minutes in an overtime win on March 20 vs. Oklahoma City… Netted 23 points and scored the final five of the game in Memphis’ 50th win of the season on April 1 vs. San Antonio, tying the game with a three-pointer and sinking the game-winning layup with 0.6 seconds on the clock…

Recorded a career-high 15 assists on March 12 at Portland, the most by a Grizzlies player since Chucky Atkins dished out 16 on April 18, 2007 at Minnesota…

Blocked a career-high three shots on Jan. 19 at Chicago… Shot .531 from the field and .468 from three-point range in November,leading all guards in field goal percentage…

Scored 10-plus points 64 times and 20-plus points 17 times…

Registered 10-plus assists nine times… Recorded seven double-doubles…

Remained one of the most durable players in the NBA, playing in at least 93 percent of the team’s games for the fifth consecutive season…

Missed two games due to illness or injury… Did not dress on Nov. 26 vs. Cleveland due to flu-like symptoms and Jan. 28 at Philadelphia due to a left ankle sprain…

2013 Playoffs: Posted playoff career highs in scoring (17.0, 19th in the NBA), rebounds (4.7), assists (7.1, 5th) and steals (1.73) in 38.3 minutes in 15 games, guiding the Grizzlies to their first-ever trip to the Western Conference Finals…

Averaged 17.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists on .383 shooting in 38.0 minutes in the Western Conference Finals against San Antonio…

Averaged 18.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.20 steals on .365 shooting in 41.2 minutes in the Western Conference Semifinals against Oklahoma City…

Averaged 17.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists on .408 shooting in 36.2 minutes in the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers…

Scored a playoff career-high 28 points in Game 2 of the first round on April 22 at LA Clippers…

Set a franchise postseason record with 13 assists in Game 4 of the opening round on April 27 vs. LA Clippers…

Nearly recorded the first triple-double in Grizzlies playoff history with 26 points, a postseason career-high 10 rebounds and nine assists in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on May 7 at Oklahoma City…

Became the fourth different player in the past 25 postseasons to record at least 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a road playoff win, joining Michael Jordan (three times), LeBron James (three times) and Baron Davis (twice)…

Led Memphis outright in points, rebounds and assists in Game 2 against Oklahoma City, becoming the first Grizzlies player ever to do so in a playoff victory.

NBA CAREER

The six-year veteran holds career averages of 12.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.60 steals on .440 shooting in 32.6 minutes in 438 games (409 starts) with the Memphis Grizzlies… The Grizzlies franchise career leader for assists (2,420) and steals (697)… Has led the Grizzlies in assists in every season since being drafted by the team in the 2007 NBA Draft… Named to the 2012-13 NBA All-Defense Second Team after leading the NBA in total steals (174) that season…Owns the Grizzlies’ single-season franchise record for total steals (174 in 2012-13) and steals per game (2.19 in 2011-12)… The Grizzlies postseason career leader in assists (133), assists per game (6.7) and minutes played (784)… Holds career postseason averages of 15.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 35 playoff games… Has missed only nine games in the past five seasons due to illness or injury… Owns 30 career double-doubles…

2011-12 (Memphis): Finished second in the NBA in steals per game (2.19), setting a new franchise record and career high for the category… Led the team in assists (6.5) for a fifth consecutive season, tying for 11th among all NBA players and matching a personal best… Also averaged 12.7 points and 2.5 rebounds on .433 shooting in 35.1 minutes in 62 games (61 starts)… Recorded multiple steals in a career-high and franchise-record 14 consecutive games from Feb. 15-March 18, 2012, the longest such streak by any player during the season…

2012 Playoffs: Averaged 14.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists on .421 shooting in 39.2 minutes in seven games against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the 2012 Western Conference Playoffs…

2010-11 (Memphis): Posted career highs in scoring (13.7 points), assists (6.5), steals (1.78) and minutes (35.5) on .444 shooting in 81 games (all starts) after signing a multi-year contract extension with Memphis on Nov. 1, 2010… Ranked sixth in the NBA in steals and tied for 16th in assists… Set the team single-season franchise record for total steals (144), surpassing James Posey’s mark (137 in 2003-04)… Recorded a career-high 14 assists on Dec. 8, 2010 at Phoenix… Tied a career high with seven steals on Oct. 30, 2010 vs. Minnesota…

2011 Playoffs: Averaged 15.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.08 steals in 39.0 minutes in 13 games, guiding Memphis to the Western Conference Semifinals for the first time in team history… Scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter in Game 4 of the conference semifinals on May 9, 2011 vs. Oklahoma City, sinking a three-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into the first of three overtimes… Set up Shane Battier for the game-winning three-pointer in Game 1 of the first round on April 17, 2011 at San Antonio, the Grizzlies’ first-ever playoff victory...

2009-10 (Memphis): Averaged 12.0 points, a team-high 5.3 assists and 1.36 steals in 32.1 minutes in 80 games (all starts)… Led the team in three-point percentage (.387)… Drove past Shaquille O’Neal and made the game-winning layup with 3.0 seconds remaining in overtime on Dec. 8, 2009 vs. Cleveland…

2008-09 (Memphis): Improved on his rookie averages with 10.9 points, 3.4 points and a team-high 4.3 assists on .442 shooting in 30.6 minutes in 82 games (61 starts)… Led the team in three-point field goal percentage (career-high .406)… Recorded 14.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists on .454 shooting in 36.3 minutes in 39 games after the team hired Lionel Hollins as head coach… Scored a career-high 31 points on March 7, 2009 vs. Philadelphia… Grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds on Dec. 12, 2008 vs. Chicago and Feb. 20, 2009 vs. Sacramento… Tallied a career-high tying seven steals on April 13, 2009 at Phoenix…

2007-08 (Memphis): Averaged 9.4 points and led all rookies with 4.2 assists in 53 games (46 starts)… Played in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge on Feb. 15, 2008 in New Orleans, recording a team-high eight assists.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

After guiding Ohio State to the 2007 NCAA Championship Game as a freshman, the early-entry candidate was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft on June 28, 2007… Signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies on July 30, 2007… Signed a multi-year contract extension with the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 1, 2010.

COLLEGE CAREER

In his lone season at the Ohio State University (2006-07), guided the Buckeyes to a 35-4 record and the NCAA National Championship Game… Led the team in assists (6.1) and steals (2.2) while placing third in scoring (11.7 points) and shooting .518 from the field in 31.6 minutes in 39 games… Named to the All-Big Ten First Team by the media and All-Big Ten Second Team by the coaches… Earned 2007 Big Ten All-Tournament honors… Averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists in six games during the NCAA Tournament… Totaled 20 points, six assists and four steals in the national championship against Florida on April 2, 2007… Notched a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists on Jan. 17, 2007 vs. Northwestern.

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Height: 6'1''/ 1.85m
Weight: 185 lbs./ 83.9 kg
Born: October 11, 1987
From: Ohio State University
Draft: 1st Round (4th pick) 2007 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2007
Years Pro: 7
Previous Teams:
  Memphis Grizzlies 2007 - 2013
Prior to NBA/Country: Ohio State/USA

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