I'm already a fan of Donavan Mitchell. I don't care if he doesn't
become a superstar, but I think he has that potential. I see him as Kwahi
Leonard in a point guard body. That might be too high of expectations, but
I'm too crazy of a Jazz fan to calm down.
I'm confident that Mitchell will be playing starter minutes by mid-season.
He may not start much his first year, but he will be on the court a lot because
of his defense and all-around scoring and passing talents. I like his stroke,
and I think his percentage will rise as his shot selection becomes wiser. Also,
he has a strong body for his age.
I have taken a deep breath as instructed and am now cautiously optimistic that
Donovan will take a measured approach, learn from his mistakes, not skip steps,
realize that it takes time to learn the game, that he has to let the game come
to him, has to be patient until the game slows down, learn everything he can -
have I missed anything? Having said that this kid is going to win rookie of the
year and make us forget Gordon Whathisbucket ever played here!!! 🎉
History is about to repeat itself. Why? Because the Jazz acquired Donovan
Mitchell via a trade with Denver. The last time that happened, their were able
to get Rudy Gobert for cash and a second round pick. A move Denver is still
regretting to this day.One Denver fan angrily obsessed, that he
couldn't believe the Nuggets wouldn't keep Donovan Mitchell for
themselves. A player he believes has the word "star player" written all
over him.I agree.As a long-time Jazz fan (38-years), I
have never seen any rookie Jazz player I was as high on as Donovan Mitchell. Too
much hype? Not in my opinion, the kid is fast, long, athletic, fearless, humble,
a willing passer and smart. He's also willing to take the
"big-shot" and hit it in clutch situations — which is exactly what
he did in the last two minutes of the LA game.And like Gobert,
Mitchell is willing to put in the work to get better. Which means he is only
going to improve. This season, I believe Mitchell is going to contribute a heck
of a lot more than anyone thinks. While I'm certain Mitchell
will have his ups-and-downs, by the time it's over, everyone will be
singing his praises — with Brad Rock leading the choir.
Not always with you Brad, but I appreciate you grounding us. Confident
long-term optimism is the way to support Mitchell effectively. Unrealistic
expectations are sure to destroy any rookie's confidence, thereby killing
what can be. Keep it real Jazzfan, remember Stockton didn't even start
into his third year, and set the young man up to succeed by enjoying the young
man's pro game development over a normal timeline.
Talk about bad drafts:1980 the Jazz picked Darrell Griffith over Kevin
McHale because Griff would sell more tickets. 2001 they picked Raul Lopez
when everyone in the crowd was begging for Tony Parker And they picked
Dante Exum over anyone. Not to mention Deron over CP3, Trey Burke?
Back in the early eighties there was a Dodger pitcher who won both rookie of the
year and the Cy Young award. Only time that has ever happened. Let fans enjoy
the newness of this kid who replaces that former player.