With Mike Conley’s All-Star Inclusion, Utah Jazz Emulate this Feat From Stockton-Malone Era

Published 03/06/2021, 7:00 AM EST


Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Brooklyn Nets. These are the four teams that most fans, critics, and NBA analysts fancy over Utah Jazz to clinch the 2021 NBA Title. Yet, they keep going strong.

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After the selection of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell to the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, another Jazz ace will now be joining them for the weekend. That is none other than their point guard Mike Conley.

Feb 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) reaches to steal the ball by Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) in the second half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The former Memphis Grizzlies player is joining courtesy of a sprained knee for Devin Booker, who was himself an injury replacement for Anthony Davis. Conley will make his maiden appearance at the exhibition game at the ripe old age of 33.

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He is averaging 16.1 points, 5.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game while shooting a strong 42.2 percent from the 3-point range. They have the best record in the NBA at 27-9, so the Jazz deserves to have these three inclusions.

And to put the cherry on top for Jazz fans, they are emulating the good old days of John Stockton and Karl Malone. During the 1988-89 season, it was the first time in their history that they had three players at the All-Star game. Mark Eaton joined the deadly pick and roll duo back then.

So, after a gap of more than 30 years, they are repeating history. The aim would be to go on and reach at least the NBA finals with this team.

Did LeBron James and Kevin Durant slander Utah Jazz in the 2021 NBA All-Star draft?

In some ways, the draft is as exciting as the actual game. It was interesting to notice the thought process that the likes of Kevin Durant and LeBron James showcased. But what did not please the others, especially Charles Barkley, was the fact both of them picked the Jazz players last.

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The likes of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert were the final picks. Chuch called them out for Utah slander.

It may serve to motivate the Jazz. Clearly, there was a lack of respect for them, as has been the case from various other analysts and ex-players. Having a deep Playoff run would go a long way in answering to them.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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