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Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell dunks against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated named Donovan Mitchell as one of the six players turning heads in the NBA summer league.

In previous interviews, Mitchell has stated he needs to keep working on improving defensively to succeed at the NBA level. Woo noted, however, that he had a solid night on defense against the Grizzlies.

"First things first, Mitchell had eight (!) steals in Tuesday’s loss to Memphis … midway through the third quarter," the article says.

Woo said the Jazz's first pick in the NBA draft was a cut above the other players on the court athletically, but that he still has some polishing to do offensively.

"He has the 'getting to the basket' part figured out pretty well, but like many young guards, Mitchell struggles with the whole 'what do I do now that I’m in the air' thing," he wrote.

However, from what Mitchell has shown on the court, Woo wrote that the guard has the requisite skill set to become at least a rotation player for Utah.

"There’s reason for optimism and certainly justification for the Jazz moving up in the draft to get him. Mitchell’s hyperactive in the best way, and he should claw his way into some minutes as a rookie," he wrote.

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