Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has recently been voted as the NBA’s sportsman of the year. The 26-year-old beat out Boston’s Jeff Green, Phoenix’s Channing Frye, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Chicago’s Mike Dunleavy. As a result, the NBA will donate $10,000 on Conley’s behalf to the charity of his choice. Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger praised Conley by calling him “very classy and professional.” The official trophy for the award is named after former Detroit Pistons shooting guard Joe Dumars.
During the 2013-14 NBA regular season, Conley averaged 17.2 points, 6.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. His statistics for these three categories have gone up from his career averages. Though he is a competitor, Conley also exemplifies fairness and integrity on and off the basketball court.
The Grizzlies clinched a playoff berth this season by claiming the seventh seed in the Western Conference. The team finished with a 50-32 regular season win-loss record. They are currently up two games to one in their first round matchup with the second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. The Grizzlies’ most recent win came on Thursday (April 24) in what turned out to be an overtime thriller on the Grizzlies’ home court. Memphis won that game 98-95. Conley played great; he dropped 20 points to go along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
The Grizzlies take on the Thunder for the fourth game of the series on Saturday (April 26) at FedExForum in Memphis. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. EST.