Entering the 2009-2010 season, Will Conroy was the NBA Developmental League’s career leader in the following categories: Minutes Played, Field Goals Made, Field Goals Attempted, Free Throws Made, Free Throws Attempted, Assists, Turnovers, and perhaps most importantly, Points Scored.
He was amongst the top ten in six other categories: Games Played (8th), 3-Point Field Goals Made (6th), 3-Point Field Goals Attempted (5th), Steals (3rd), Assists Per Game (4th), and Assist Percentage (8th).
And yet in spite of all he has accomplished in basketball’s minor leagues, Conroy, the Crash Davis of the hardwood, cannot get a job in the NBA.
The Houston Rockets are planning to sign Will Conroy to a 10-day contract on Friday.
The former University of Washington point guard spent the preseason with the Rockets, before becoming one of the team’s final cuts heading into the year.
This will be Conroy’s third stint with an NBA club. He previously played with the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers in 2007.
At 27 years of age, Conroy is in his fifth season of pro ball.
A former walk-on at UW, Conroy would go on to become the Huskies’ all-time leader in assists, with 515, by the time his collegiate career came to a close. He then embarked on an odyssey around professional basketball that has taken him from the NBDL, to the NBA, to the Italian and Euro leagues.
You all know Michael Scott. He’s the character played by Steve Carell on NBC’s The Office. The regional manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin — a failing paper company — Scott is an oblivious egocentric who has few friends, a failed love life, little power within his company, an inflated sense of self-worth, and is willing to do anything and everything to get people to like him. Including lying.
Over the course of The Office’s six seasons, Scott has perpetuated his image by promising (and failing to deliver upon) surprises and raises to his subordinates, and most recently pledging the cost of college tuition to an entire group of teenagers, only to realize he barely had enough money to cover one individual’s books. And so it goes for Michael Scott.
That said, it’s not often that we find ourselves a real-life Michael Scott in the everyday world. Enter Brandt Andersen, owner of the NBA Developmental League’s Utah Flash.
Will Conroy scored 53 points in an NBDL game the other night.
I’ll let you process that for the next two paragraphs.
Take your time.
Fifty-three points are hard to digest.
Okay, that’s enough time.
Let me start by saying I feel like Chris Farley’s character in Tommy Boy. Like the only way to get NBA owners to notice what Conroy is doing is to strap road flares to my chest and create a hostage situation in offices around the league, complete with a news crew and everything.