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Jazz’s Rudy Gobert says Donovan Mitchell is ‘one of the best two-guards in the league’

Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert says shooting guard Donovan Mitchell is one of the best two-guards in the NBA and that the youngster is still going to get better as his career moves along.

Mitchell and the Jazz got off to a slow start this season, but the high-flyer and the team have rounded into form nicely. Utah is 37-27 on the season, which is good for sixth place in the Western Conference standings.

Gobert says Mitchell was putting too much pressure on himself at the beginning of the year and that was a major reason why the guard was struggling. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year says ever since Mitchell started playing more freely, the Jazz’s leading scorer has settled down and let the game come to him.

“Earlier in the season, I think he was putting a lot of pressure on himself and he was kind of rushing things,” Gobert told Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype. “He settled down and everything slowed down for him and he started looking like the Donovan we saw in the playoffs. He’s making plays for others and making the right play while still being very aggressive and very efficient.

“Now, lately, he’s been one of the best two-guards in the league, just because of all the things he does for us on the court.”

Mitchell is averaging 23.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game this season for the Jazz. The 22 year old is shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from the 3-point line.