Video: Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell hesitates and skies for slam
Here is just another instance where he soars over defenders without much effort (at 6-foot-3), and reminds the New York Knicks what they could’ve had in the 2017 NBA Draft.
New York could’ve secured Mitchell (No. 13 overall) on that fateful draft night. Instead, they rolled the dice on French point guard Frank Ntilikina – who has averaged 5.9 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.0 rebounds per game across two seasons.
Yes, Mitchell’s numbers are far better.
No, the Knicks did not make the right decision. Shocker?
Bear in mind, this is the same club that passed on Devin Booker, Myles Turner, Trey Lyles, and Justise Winslow for another guard in Emmanuel Mudiay two years prior.
The 22-year-old Mitchell has been an absolute maestro with the ball in his hands this year – owning averages of 23.5 points, 4.1 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game in his second season with the Jazz.
“He’s a nightmare to guard,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said of Mitchell after the game, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “The guy can get anywhere on the floor. He’s so strong, he’s fast, he can shoot the 3, he finishes through contact. He’s a big-time player.”
Utah leans on Mitchell to do most of the scoring, as he heaves 20.1 shots per game from the field — and rightfully so. He shoots a 42.6 percent clip from the field and 34.4 percent from downtown.
The Jazz will face the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, in what should turn out to be another confidence-boosting affair for the current seven seed in the West.