5 Key improvements for the Timberwolves' starters in the second half of the season

A deep dive into how each starter can take their game to the next level

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Mike Conley Jr.

Mike Conley
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Midrange and Floater Efficiency

Overall, Mike Conley is having his best year shooting the rock, with an effective field goal percentage of 58.8% and a 3-point field goal percentage of 42.2%.

However, his performance has dropped in both midrange pull-ups and floaters. He is shooting 41.1% on midrange pull-ups this season, placing him in only the 55th percentile. This is a stark contrast to last season, where he shot 45.7% and was positioned comfortably in the 76th percentile.

When it comes to floaters, a shot that has historically been a reliable weapon in his arsenal, he is shooting a mere 29.6%, the worst of his career.

Season

Floater FG%

Mid Range Pull-Up FG%

20-21

45.3%

42.9%

21-22

39.9%

42.0%

22-23

42.0%

45.7%

23-24

29.6%

41.1%

A vital component of Conley's gameplay involves navigating pick-and-roll scenarios with Gobert, where Conley is often met with a wide-open mid-range or floater, especially when defenders prioritize Gobert's roll to the basket. The decision to keep it himself is one he needs to continue to make, as it keeps his defenders honest. If the efficiency improves, it will make the Gobert/Conley Jr. pick and roll even more deadly.