Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell
22-Year-Old GuardG
Utah Jazz  NBA
Utah Jazz
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Drafted with the 13th overall pick in the 2017 Draft, Mitchell was expected to hold a relatively small rotational role on the Jazz during his rookie year. However, the Louisville product came out of the gates hot, scoring 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting during his sixth NBA game, being inserted into the starting five just six games later. He never looked back from there, filling the void created by Gordon Hayward’s departure. A favorite among some to win Rookie of the Year, Mitchell was able to lead Utah to the playoffs on the back of an especially strong post-All-Star break stint. During his final 24 appearances, Mitchell averaged 22.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals. Throughout the year, Mitchell was also able to put together five 30-point games, two 40-point games, 25 games with at least five assists and 13 performances with three or more steals. Considering Mitchell posted a 29.1 percent usage rate during his rookie campaign, it may be difficult for him to improve on his overall volume heading into 2018-19. However, there remains room for him to improve as a shooter, as he shot a fair, but not great, 43.7 percent from the field and 34.0 percent from beyond the arc. And, considering how much he handles the ball for the Jazz, he may be looking to improve as a passer. Regardless, Mitchell already has the makings of an up-and-coming star in the NBA. Read Past Outlooks
Cleared for basketball activity
GUtah Jazz
June 19, 2018
Mitchell (foot) has been cleared to resume basketball activity, per his official Twitter account.
ANALYSIS
Mitchell was forced out of Game 5 of the Conference Semifinals against the Rockets due to a foot injury, with X-rays coming back negative. In late May, he was seen sporting a walking boot, but has apparently made significant progress since then. He'll now look to improve on his unexpectedly successful rookie campaign, where he averaged 20.5 points, 3.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 33.4 minutes. Mitchell continued to play at a high level throughout the postseason, posting 24.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals across 37.5 minutes per contest.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Mitchell is a 6-foot-3 combo guard out of Louisville with an imposing 6-foot-10 wingspan and top-tier athleticism, which helps smooth out his lack of size. He projects to be a near-NBA-ready defender right out of the gate, as he averaged 2.1 steals per game last season as a sophomore, leading the ACC. Mitchell also posted 15.6 points, 4.9 boards and 2.7 assists across 32.3 minutes while making 40.8 percent of his attempts from the field while hitting 2.4 threes per game at a 35.4 percent clip. Two things may stop Mitchell from having an impactful Fantasy season – his workload and his offensive readiness, or lack thereof. He’ll be joining a Jazz roster filled with guards such as Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum, Rodney Hood, Joe Johnson and others. He also wasn’t a particularly efficient player in college, which generally doesn’t bode well for rookies. All in all, Mitchell can probably be looked over in the majority of Fantasy formats during his first run as a professional.
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Sporting precautionary walking boot
GUtah Jazz
Foot
May 28, 2018
Mitchell (foot) has been sporting a walking boot recently for precautionary reasons, Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
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X-ray on foot comes back negative
GUtah Jazz
Foot
May 8, 2018
An X-ray on Mitchell's left foot came back negative following Tuesday's 102-112 loss to the Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post reports.
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Forced from elimination game with leg injury
GUtah Jazz
May 8, 2018
Mitchell suffered a leg injury late in Game 5 against the Rockets on Tuesday and was unable to return, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports. He finished the game with 24 points (9-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine assists, four rebounds and one steal across 34 minutes.
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Leads team despite continuing shooting woes
GUtah Jazz
May 6, 2018
Mitchell finished with 25 points (8-24 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), nine rebounds, four steals and two assists in 38 minutes during Sunday's 100-87 loss to the Rockets.
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Struggles considerably in Game 3 loss
GUtah Jazz
May 4, 2018
Mitchell mustered just 10 points (4-16 FG, 2-7 3Pt), three assists and one rebound across 31 minutes during Utah's 113-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series.
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