The Jazz overcame their slow start, but a playoff misstep revealed how much work there is left to do
October 18, 2019, 3:49 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
The Jazz have exercised the club's 2020-21 team option on Donovan Mitchell's rookie contract.
It comes as no surprise that the Jazz do not want their stud third-year guard going anywhere. Mitchell will have more help this season playing next to Mike Conley, and that could lead to an improved field goal percentage as he receives more open looks. He's going in the third round of most standard-league drafts.
Source: Jazz PR on Twitter
October 14, 2019, 11:42 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting with a 3-pointer, five boards and two dimes on Monday against the Kings.
Mitchell is still learning how to play alongside Mike Conley (six points, two rebounds and six assists) but it's Conley that's taking a backseat and learning how to adjust. Spida will get his shots and usage and the shot from outside is still suspect, but the counting numbers should be there as usual.
October 11, 2019, 11:28 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 10 points with seven assists, three rebounds and two threes on Friday.
Mitchell didn't have his best day but the assists were nice. It can be assumed he's still learning how to play with Mike Conley, but one thing that has to increase this year for Mitchell to take the next step will be his free-throw rate. Tonight he had no attempts from the charity stripe.
October 9, 2019, 11:32 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell led all Jazz starters in Wednesday's 99-133 loss to the Bucks and was able to produce 14 points (5-of-9 shooting), five rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes.
Mitchell is coming off a stint at the FIBA World Cup, so there's no real reason to overwork the Jazz star. He's going to be the focal point of the team's offense but how he jells with new backcourt mate Mike Conley will be something to watch over the preseason.
October 5, 2019, 4:17 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
The Jazz will rest Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conely, Rudy Gobert and Dante Exum in Saturday's game versus the Adelaide 36ers.
Mitchell, Gobert and Exum all played during the FIBA tournament over the summer and could probably use a little rest. None of the players sitting are seriously injured and one would expect them to play during their next preseason game against an actual NBA team.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
September 14, 2019, 7:40 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points with 10 assists as US beat Poland 87-74 on Saturday to finish seventh place in the tournament.
Mitchell was an efficient 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from downtown but the bigger story of course was USA's disappointing showing as this was only the second time that they finished outside the top-3 in the FIBA World Cup since 1978. Kemba Walker (neck), Jayson Tatum (ankle) and Marcus Smart (hand/quad/calf) all sat out the final game as they now have two weeks to rest before the start of training camp.
September 11, 2019, 8:59 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points on 12-of-23 shooting, as Team USA was defeated by France on Wednesday and got eliminated from the World Cup Semifinals.
France, as expected, proved to be an extremely challenging opponent in a game that came down to the wire. Mitchell emerged as the alpha dog for Team USA in a game where the majority of his teammates failed to show up. This is a disappointing turn of events for an American team that lost an official game for the first time since the World Cup in Japan back in 2006.
September 7, 2019, 10:50 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell led US past Greece 69-53 on Saturday to remain undefeated at 4-0.
Walker finished with a team-high 15 points to go with four rebounds and six assists while Mitchell had 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and a steal. Jaylen Brown and Harrison Barnes also had solid all-around lines and Marcus Smart returned to action after missing the previous game with a quad strain. Giannis Antetokounmpo led Greece with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with 13 rebounds, two steals, a block and a triple as Greece needs to beat the Czech Republic by at least 12 points on Monday to advance to the next round of the tournament, assuming the US will beat Brazil as well.
September 5, 2019, 1:39 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker scored 15 points and added eight assists, a block and three treys as the U.S. coasted to a 43-point victory against Japan on Thursday.
After narrowly losing to Turkey on Tuesday, Team USA bounced back in a massive way by almost doubling up their opponents. Donovan Mitchell and Joe Harris pitched in with 10 points each while Harrison Barnes scored 14 with eight rebounds.
September 1, 2019, 8:48 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell guided the Americans to an easy win on Sunday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 25 minutes.
Mitchell has been playing well this summer, and looks to be ready for another big season as he enters his third year with the Jazz. Having Mike Conley around should improve Mitchell's shot selection, and raising his field goal percentage from last season would be a nice boost to his fantasy game. The expectations are high for the Jazz this season, and Mitchell's continued improvement will have a big part in determining how far the team goes.
August 28, 2019, 10:42 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Speaking to the Salt Lake Tribune this week, Donovan Mitchell said that defense will be a priority for him during his third season in the league.
“For me, the biggest thing is to elevate my defense, to get back to what got me drafted,” Mitchell told The Salt Lake Tribune. After a breakout rookie season, many were expecting Mitchell to come on strong during his sophomore campaign but the young guard received some criticism based off of his apparent dearth as a defender. It’s good to see the Spida get excited about the other end of the floor and hopefully he was able to pick up a few things from Team USA this summer. The Jazz will definitely need him to elevate his game as they have big plans for the upcoming year.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune
August 22, 2019, 3:27 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Team USA has named Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Donovan Mitchell as captains for the FIBA World Cup.
Congratulations to Mitchell, Walker and Smart on the tremendous honor of being named captains for the USA men's team. This won't have any impact on their upcoming fantasy seasons, but it is a major accomplishment nonetheless. Team USA has an exhibition rematch against Team Australia on Saturday.
August 17, 2019, 11:39 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker leads US in 90-81 victory over Spain on Friday.
Walker impressed in the exhibition with 11 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 22 minutes with Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and Khris Middleton also playing well as his co-stars. Four Celtics are expected to be on the final roster which will serve as a great opportunity for Walker to develop a good rapport with his new teammates ahead of training camp. Marc Gasol was the top scorer for Spain with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks while Ricky Rubio finished with 16 points, seven assists and five steals.
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