Major media greatly underestimates Mike Conley
Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley’s name has become so synonymous with the ambivalent designation of “underrated” that NBA fans could be forgiven if that was the first word they would use to describe him. Recently, CBS Sports was the latest media outlet to do wrong by the NBA veteran in its ranking of the 15 best point guard in the NBA.
We will readily admit that ranking NBA players is a difficult proposition. Any list aspiring to do so is virtually guaranteed to arouse controversy. Yet in this case, CBS Sports is expected to attract the wrath of Utah Jazz fans. They just named him the 14th best point guard in the National Basketball Association.
According to our calculations, it is at least 3 places too low. It could, in fact, be more. Some of the players ranked ahead of Conley don’t have a solid record for their placement, but it’s not necessarily clear that Conley deserves a ranking ahead of them either. Before we name the 3 ringleaders that we think Conley was clearly snubbed for, we’ll cover some of the more complicated cases.
Russell Westbrook placed a spot ahead of Conley in 13th place. Westbrook is one of the most controversial players in the NBA. It wouldn’t be hard to find thousands of fans who would rank the treble-double marching in the top 3. Conversely, one might find credible NBA watchers who would leave the high-volume, low-efficiency point guard out. their top 15. absolutely. We will accept Russ’s placement in front of Conley (which doesn’t mean we agree). Russ is not far from receiving an MVP trophy, and whether he deserved it or not, it’s not an accomplishment Conley has sniffed around so much in his NBA career.
Jamal Murray’s placement on the Utah Jazz floor general in 12th place is suspect mainly because talented Canadian personalities miss the majority of the 2021-22 season. However, here we’ll give CBS Sports the benefit of the doubt and assume the leaderboard exists with the caveat that health is not being considered. Conley had little more impact than Murray in several metrics advanced last season, but if you calculate the latter’s likelihood of improving at the age of 24, the ranking is justifiable.
Finally, Ben Simmons ranked as the 8th best playmaker in the NBA heading into the 2021-22 season according to CBS Sports. If an NBA player divides more than Russell Westbrook, it’s probably Ben Simmons. Evaluating a defender from around the world and a genius passer who can’t shoot has proven to be difficult for the National Basketball Association front offices. We’ll choose to avoid the problem and concede Simmons’ ranking ahead of Conley on this list.
That said, we just can’t live up to some of the rankings in this article. We’ll be looking at several advanced metrics including Player Effectiveness Rating (PER), Value vs. Substitute Player (VORP), and Over / Under Box (BPM) to demonstrate that Mike Conley deserved to be ranked ahead of three. players on this point. listing.