Donovan Mitchell had himself an incredible rookie year. If a redraft would magically come about, he’d definitely get picked higher than 13th.
And if Ben Simmons would not have essentially redshirted his rookie year, Mitchell would win the NBA Rookie of the Year hands down this season. Not only that, but Mitchell also shined in the playoffs while averaging 24.4 points per game on basketball’s great stage.
Now, the offseason comes, which is a time for young players to work on their games and make as much a leap as they can to get ready for next year. Mitchell plans to take full advantage of that and said he will work with as many NBA greats as he can over the summer, per Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News.
Donovan Mitchell says he’s still in “awe” of what he was able to accomplish this rookie season. He says the foot feels better today, but plans to work with as many NBA greats as possible this offseason to improve. “This isn’t a victory lap,” Mitchell said.
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) May 9, 2018
Mitchell is a great talent and will continue to improve as the years roll along. It will be interesting to see who he decides to works with.
We have to assume that Kobe Bryant will definitely be on the list considering Mitchell was the subject of one of his “Detail” episodes. Perhaps a Jazz legend like John Stockton fits the bill. Maybe he will even reach out to Hakeem Olajuwon to work on some post moves.
But there are also plenty of players still playing from which he can seek advice. Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter are just a few of the veterans that have enjoyed long, successful careers.
Whoever Mitchell works with, it’s almost a guarantee that he will improve and become Utah’s franchise player for many years to come.