Donovan Mitchell has had a exceptional rookie season for the Utah Jazz. Now the quantity-scoring capturing guard has led his staff to the second spherical of the Western Convention playoffs, the place he’ll be matchup up with James Harden and the Houston Rockets.
With that in thoughts, listed here are 5 issues to find out about Utah’s phenomenal rookie guard, who additionally gained the 2018 NBA Verizon Slam Dunk Contest.
1. He was a nationwide recruit, however not a 5-star
Mitchell grew up in New York and Connecticut, then spent his last two years of highschool at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. He was a 4-star recruit and the twenty ninth ranked participant within the 2015 recruiting class in response to the 247Sports Composite. He dedicated to Rick Pitino at Louisville on August 7, 2014.
2. He wears forty five as a tribute to His Airness
Mitchell performed baseball throughout his first two years of highschool earlier than deciding to focus solely on basketball. He truly wears the quantity forty five as a tribute to Michael Jordan, who wore forty five throughout his baseball profession and when he returned to the NBA.
three. His dad is concerned in skilled sports
Mitchell’s father, Donovan Mitchell Sr., was a minor league baseball participant for seven seasons and was even a minor league coach for the New York Mets from 1999 till 2010. Now he works because the director of participant relations and group engagement for the franchise.
four. The Jazz didn’t draft Mitchell
Mitchell wound up being the thirteenth decide of the 2017 NBA Draft — which was ridiculously low on reflection. However probably the most recognizable participant on the Jazz wasn’t even chosen by the franchise. No, the Denver Nuggets had Mitchell, and shipped him to Utah in change for the twenty fourth decide (Tyler Lydon) and Trey Lyles.
Only for enjoyable, Lyles averaged 9.9 factors and four.eight rebounds in 19.1 minutes this season, whereas enjoying seventy three video games (two begins). Lydon performed simply two minutes all season. In the meantime, Mitchell averaged 20.5 factors, three.7 rebounds, three.7 assists, 1.forty nine steals and 33.four minutes per recreation throughout seventy nine common season contests (seventy one begins).
5. His favourite basketball participant and actor are the identical individual
Mitchell says his favourite basketball participant in LeBron James. bviously that is sensible, however he additionally claims James is his favourite actor. Perhaps he’s referring to the best way he tries to purchase foul calls?