Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell reacts to Jordan Clarkson’s big game vs. Pistons
The Utah Jazz made a splash with the acquisition of former Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Jordan Clarkson. It appears he has wasted no time in making a solid impression on shooting guard Donovan Mitchell.
Jordan Clarkson played an integral role in helping the Jazz secure a winning streak with their dominant 104-81 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Donovan Mitchell is admittedly impressed with what his new teammate is bringing to the table, via Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune:
“He’s been everything we thought he was going to be. … He’s gonna attack the rim, he’s being aggressive, making the right read. … We’re all glad to have him.”
Jordan Clarkson has had no problem making the transition to Utah’s bench, in support of Donovan Mitchell, since his arrival. This was evident against Detroit when he scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go with two assists and a steal. Mitchell’s praise indicates that he is quickly earning the trust of his new teammates with each game.
The Jazz have come into the 2019-20 NBA season with high hopes following the acquisition of point guard Mike Conley to shore up one of the more talented backcourts in the Western Conference along with Donovan Mitchell. However, they had gotten off to a slow start to the year as it became evident that they were in desperate need of more firepower on offense. Fortunately, Clarkson has been more than able to oblige by scoring 39 points over the last two games.
Utah will have plenty of time to get Jordan Clarkson better assimilated as he continues to try and get on the same page with Donovan Mitchell. It has to be said that the Jazz — who have endured some rough stretches of play this season — have weathered some storms and have managed to remain in contention for a top-three seed in the Western Conference.
Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson can lift Utah’s position even more as this NBA season continues into 2020.