People knew Donovan Mitchell was a good player ahead of the 2017 NBA Draft, but not that many before the 2017-18 season started thought that he was going to have a legendary rookie season in Salt Lake City.
But here we are today, staring at Mitchell, thinking that the future of the Utah Jazz is in good hands with Mitchell at the helm of things on the court. We are also here looking at the spitfire guard’s virtual rendition for the soon-to-be-released NBA2K19. Here’s what Mitchell will look like in the game along with his initial grade.
Donovan Mitchell is an 87 in NBA2K19. They also did much more work on his rendering: pic.twitter.com/IjNTZhGixC
— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) July 18, 2018
To say that Donovan Mitchell had a fantastic rookie season would be an understatement. The former Louisville Cardinals hotshot helped expedite the healing of wounds in Utah following the departure of Gordon Hayward last year.
In his first year in the NBA, Mitchell averaged 20.5 points, 3.7 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game. So good was Mitchell in his inaugural season that if it wasn’t for Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons being deemed as technically a rookie, it was Mitchell who could have won the Rookie of the Year honors.
If it’s any consolation for Mitchell, though, his NBA2K rating his two points higher than Simmons, who currently has a grade of 85. Mitchell also shares the same rating with Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, who also had a terrific rookie year last season himself.