Donovan Mitchell plays up Kyle Kuzma
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) June 21, 2018
Mitchell’s tweet came in during the NBA Draft, probably speaking about his personal observations in the past. As seen, the tweet had an attached photo featuring him and Kyle Kuzma.
To recall, Kuzma was selected 27th overall in last year’s NBA Draft. Most of the attention was given to his teammate Lonzo Ball — selected second overall. While the two performed well during their first year, it was Kuzma who got the praise for his play.
As a rookie, he played like he’s been in the NBA for quite some time. He showed good basketball IQ and a great overall feel for the game. In his first season, he logged in 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the field. He was even named into the All-NBA Rookie First Team.
Mitchell, for his part, was a revelation, too. He was selected 13th overall by the Denver Nuggets, subsequently traded to the Jazz. And just like Kuzma, he pretty much played like a veteran. He also made it to the All-NBA Rookie First Team, logging in 20.5 points and 3.7 assists per game. More importantly, he led the Jazz to the playoffs, shutting down all the doubters who felt that the team was about to enter rebuild mode after losing Gordon Hayward.
Mitchell and Kuzma proved that a player’s standing in the NBA Draft doesn’t really count for much. It’s one thing being called by the commissioner to shake your hand once your name is called. Suiting up every night to battle the best of the best in basketball is another.