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Donovan Mitchell admits Quin Snyder challenged him to watch and learn from Kemba Walker


Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell admits Jazz head coach Quin Snyder challenged him to watch and learn from Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker.

Walker and Mitchell will likely be the starting backcourt for Team USA when it begins the FIBA World Cup in China. The two stars are developing good chemistry, both on and off the court.

“I think we mesh really well,” Mitchell said, via The Salt Lake Tribune. “(Walker) is a guy (Jazz coach Quin Snyder) has really challenged me to watch.”

“That kid can play any position. He’s so talented, he can play with the best of them,” Walker said of Mitchell. “He does whatever someone needs him to do. He’s more than capable of playing that (point guard) position.”

The Jazz think this Team USA experience will propel Donovan Mitchell to an All-Star season in 2019-20. After all, he’s learning from one of the best coaches of all-time in Gregg Popovich every day and getting tips from some of the best players in the world like Kemba Walker, who is a three-time NBA All-Star.

Last season for the Jazz, Mitchell averaged 23.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line. The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the best young scorers in the league and is only going to become a more polished player after this Team USA experience.