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Jazz star Donovan Mitchell sings praises of Kings’ De’Aaron Fox

De'Aaron Fox, Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell and De’Aaron Fox are two of the most exciting young players in the NBA. Mitchell’s rookie year was a revelation in which he narrowly missed winning the Rookie of the Year. Fox had his moments during his rookie campaign, but he didn’t have quite the coming out party that Mitchell did.

But this season has been a completely different story. Fox is averaging 17.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game and is leading the Sacramento Kings to a surprising 10-9 start. Fox is playing like Mitchell always knew he could, per Steve Godfrey of the Deseret News.

“This the De’Aaron I knew.

“Last year he was trying to figure everything out. This is the confident [guy], the one that can shoot, the one who can score and get others involved. That’s him.”

Mitchell and Fox have a relationship dating back to high school. They also crossed paths while Fox was at Kentucky and Mitchell was at the Wildcats’ bitter in-state rival, Louisville.

Mitchell clearly knows Fox well because he’s spot-on with his analysis. Fox is playing with a swagger and the type of confidence to match up against anyone in the league. Sacramento’s surprising start is proof positive.

Utah, on the other hand, is struggling and Mitchell is suffering through struggles of his own. He’s right at his scoring average from his rookie season, but his field goal percentage is down significantly. Donovan Mitchell is experiencing some of the hardships De’Aaron Fox endured during his rookie season.