Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell not worried about current shooting woes
In nine games in December, Donovan Mitchell is shooting 36.9 percent from the field and 31.1 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 19.4 points per game.
Mitchell ranks 116th in the NBA out of 128 qualified players in overall field goal shooting percentage and is 141st out of 143 qualified players in 3-point shooting.
“I say it all the time, I don’t care,” Mitchell said after Friday’s shootaround prior to Friday night’s game against the Trail Blazers. “If I made six more shots (Wednesday), we wouldn’t be having this conversation. At the end of the day, it’s making shots and making the right plays. I’m trying to better myself in that area. I know what I can do, my teammates know what I can do, it’s just a matter of me getting better on a daily basis.”
Joe Ingles said he and other teammates encourage Mitchell to keep shooting, believing the shots will start to fall more consistently.
“I don’t care what he shoots — he can shoot 1 for 100 or 100 for 100,” Ingles said. “We want him to be aggressive, we want him to take the shots that he’s confident with. We’re going to support him 100 percent. If he makes it, great, if he doesn’t he’ll probably make the next one. It’s on all of us to keep encouraging him.”
The Jazz enter Friday with a record of 15-17, 12th place in the Western Conference. Many picked Utah to be dark-horse Finals team this season considering they had such a good year last season. For the Jazz to get on track, Donovan Mitchell has to start shooting better.