Donovan Mitchell working on becoming a better and more willing passer
Mitchell has already established himself as an elite scorer since getting drafted by the Jazz in 2017. Now, the high-flyer has aspirations of becoming a better and more willing passer.
“Becoming a better passer, a more willing passer. Getting into the lane, obviously, I get there and take certain shots or whatever, but I think being able to find my teammates — especially with Bojan being out — we’re gonna need guys to kind of pick it up and pick up the slack,” Donovan Mitchell said, via Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune.
“So for me, obviously taking the shots that I can get, but also being able to find my teammates, getting them easier looks, which will then also come back and make it easier on myself. But being able to do that will not just help me for where we are now, but help me for years upon my career.”
Mitchell, who made his first All-Star team this season with the Jazz, has career averages of 22.7 points and 4.0 assists in 219 regular-season games. While those are stellar numbers for a guy who was the 13th pick in the 2017 draft, there’s no doubt that there’s still room for improvement for Mitchell when it comes to his playmaking skills.
Once the 2020 playoffs start, the Jazz will need Mitchell and center Rudy Gobert to play like superstars, not All-Stars. If Utah wants to make some serious noise in the postseason and not be a first or second-round team like they’ve been the past two years, Mitchell and Gobert have to consistently bring it on both ends of the floor and not take any possessions off.
Before the season was suspended in March, Mitchell was putting up 24.2 points and 4.2 assists for the Jazz.