Quin Snyder full of praise for Donovan Mitchell despite Jazz’s playoff defeat
In the post-game conference, Snyder reflected on how grateful he is in having the opportunity to coach Mitchell. He admired the 22-year-old’s approach whenever he’s faced with adversity. All in all, he believes that Mitchell had a ‘terrific’ sophomore campaign.
“Hundreds of times I’ve answered this question. What did Donovan learn from this or how did Donovan handle that.
They’re good questions because Donovan has been consistently in those situations where his team, teammates, coaches are relying on him to do things. I’m proud of him. They’ll be good nights and bad nights and everything in between. He’s had a terrific season.”
— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 25, 2019
Michell came into the league in 2017 as the 13th overall pick. Right from the get-go, Mitchell proved to be a premier scoring talent. A little over a month into his rookie season, he dropped 41 points which set the Jazz record for most points scored by a rookie. He also became the first rookie to drop 40 points since Blake Griffin in 2011.
As the season progressed with Mitchell being tagged as the future of the league, a mini-rivalry ensued with Ben Simmons who was favored to win the Rookie of the Year award that year. Though Simmons did win, Mitchell was able to establish himself as one of the best young talents in the NBA.
What’s impressive about Mitchell is that he’s just in his second year. He’s just 22-years-old and has several years left before he enters his prime. Given this, we’ve only seen a glimpse of what he can do.