Jazz news: Donovan Mitchell wants to be part of the NBA’s All-Defensive first team someday
Quin Snyder has slowly transformed the Utah Jazz into becoming one of league’s best defensive teams. They may have lost All-Star forward Gordon Hayward in free agency, but Utah’s meal ticket had always been its gritty approach on the defensive end of the floor, and that doesn’t appear to be changing next season.
The Jazz have bolstered its defense early in the offseason by trading for guard Donovan Mitchell, who was selected 13th overall by the Denver Nuggets in June’s draft. Mitchell became a force at Louisville in his sophomore year, leading the ACC in total and average steals per game.
The 20-year-old rookie knows why the Jazz traded for him, and he will continue working on what he does best with the hopes of attaining his personal goal for his NBA career.
"First Team All-Defense, that's my goal." – @spidadmitchell
— NBA (@NBA) August 12, 2017
Donovan Mitchell blossomed even further for the Jazz in Summer League action. In five games, Mitchell averaged 20.4 points and an eye-popping 4.4 steals per game. He will be learning the ropes under another tough defender in Ricky Rubio who owns a 2.1 steals average over his entire career.
Utah won’t be the most highlight-worthy team next season, but they will be one of the most, if not the most, disruptive groups in the entire NBA.