Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell gets clowned for awful card shuffling skills
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell is coming off a sensational rookie season in which he finished second behind Philadelphia 76ers stud Ben Simmons in one of the closest battles for Rookie of the Year honors in league history. His inside and outside game speaks volumes of his all-around brilliance.
However, each man is cursed with a weakness. Fans got to know Mitchell’s weakness thanks to teammate Royce O’Neal.
Breathe a sigh of relief, Jazz fans. This isn’t about his on-court skills. Mitchell, clad in a Utah Jazz hoodie, is comically seen having difficulties in shuffling a set of cards.
The sophomore combo guard was picked by the Denver Nuggets with the 13th pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft. He was later traded to the Jazz in exchange for Trey Lyles and that same year’s 24th overall pick, Tyler Lydon. The trade proved to be a smart move for the Jazz as Mitchell led the Jazz to a surprising 4-2 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2018 playoffs.
The Jazz would then put up a gallant stand against MVP James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the second round before losing in five games. Mitchell was outstanding in his first postseason appearance, averaging 24.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.5 steals.
Mitchell displayed a wide array of skills in his rookie season and also won the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest. He and the Jazz will look to build on last year’s impressive run as they aim to emerge as one of the worthy contenders in a stacked Western Conference.
Just don’t ask Mitchell to be your poker dealer.