Strengths: Conley has very good athleticism and quickness for a point guard, which he combines with excellent poise and decision-making abilities. He is a very good ballhandler and passer who also has excellent court vision. He is very crafty with his dribble-drive game. He can get into the lane and find openings for his own shot or dish to a teammate. He has shown he can finish with either hand at the rim. Conley exhibits excellent body control, and uses pivots and hesitations especially well on his drives. Defensively, Conley plays pesky on-ball defense, using his good hands and defensive awareness to come up with steals and deflections in passing lanes.
Weaknesses: Conley's biggest weakness at this stage would be his outside shot, which hasn't developed great consistency yet, or NBA range. His form is adequate, and he occasionally knocked down a college three-pointer this past season, when he had the space, but he really needs to add that to his game to become a complete point guard. Likewise, Conley also doesn't show much propensity to pull-up with a jumper from mid-range. Conley's also a bit undersized at 6'1, but only marginally, and not to the point where it'll seriously affect his game.
Outlook: Conley shouldn't fall out of the single digits in this draft, and could go as high as No. 3 if a team really wants a point guard. Conley should be able to contribute in the NBA from Day One, and his savvy and poise should make his transition virtually seamless. He has excellent basketball IQ and court awareness on both ends of the floor. He should be an excellent point guard for a long time.
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