Jazz teammate explains how Donovan Mitchell is evolving
After an absolutely amazing rookie campaign, Utah Jazz sophomore guard continues to raise the level of his play. Teammate Joe Ingles could not agree more, with the 31-year-old recently sharing his thoughts on how he believes Mitchell’s game has evolved in just his second season in the league.
“At this time last year, he wasn’t even throwing those passes to the corner and now he’s throwing left hand, right hand, one, two, whatever he needs to do to get it there,” Ingles said, via ESPN.
Being a three-point specialist himself, Ingles has been on the receiving end of Mitchell’s corner kick-out passes on more than a few occasions, so he definitely knows what he’s talking about here.
On Friday, Mitchell had another noteworthy performance in his team’s 106-102 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 22-year-old scored a team-high 24 points on 7-of-24 from the field. He also added two three-pointers, seven rebounds, 11 assists, a steal, and a block to round out yet another all-around gem.
His 11 assists were a career-high, as he has mastered the art of the drive-and-kick, as Ingles earlier explained. Mitchell’s innate ability to get to the basket is definitely one of his strong suits, but with defenses collapsing on him early, he has also found success in spotting an open teammate on a kick out.
On the season, Mitchell is currently averaging 22.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.4 blocks per contest. He has led the charge for the Jazz, who are now 28-22, and are ranked sixth in the West.