Jazz see Donovan Mitchell partaking in USA Basketball training camp as a positive, with excitement for his opportunity
The Utah Jazz see shooting guard Donovan Mitchell partaking in USA Basketball training camp as a positive, with excitement for his opportunity to make the 12-man roster, according to Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News.
Team USA will bring 12 players to the FIBA tournament. The training camp from Monday to Friday will be used to select the 12-man roster for this year’s World Cup in China.
Utah executive VP of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey is on-site to check out Donovan Mitchell during Day 1 of USA National Team training camp in LV. The Jazz front office see Mitchell being here as a positive with excitement for his opportunity, per a Deseret News source.
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) August 5, 2019
Donovan Mitchell has established himself as one of the best young scorers in the NBA. Practicing against some of the top players in the league at the training camp will only make Mitchell a better player moving forward.
The Jazz are viewed as an elite team in the Western Conference after the moves they made this offseason. Utah acquired Mike Conley from the Memphis Grizzlies, and signed Bojan Bogdanovic, Ed Davis, Jeff Green and Emmanuel Mudiay in free agency.
The Jazz’s projected starting lineup of Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Bojan Bogdanovic and Rudy Gobert is pretty lethal. Conley and Mitchell have already worked out with each other this summer. The two guards are eager to lead Utah to the NBA Finals.
Last season, Mitchell averaged 23.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line. The Jazz are hoping Mitchell makes the 12-man USA roster so he can get more reps in before the 2019-20 NBA season starts.