An in-depth later interpretation of Mitchell's evolution and future growth



The thirteenth pick in the NBA draft is always a magical signing, a position that has always produced many superstars, and Karl -Malone, Kobe Bryant and one other era superstar all came from this signing spot. And in the 2017 draft, the full-throated bragging daddy of all drafts gathered the media spotlight on the top-ranked hotshot Fultz and on Ball, while the Utah Jazz seem to have known the magic of the 13th pick for a long time, and before the draft they made with the Denver Nuggets Traded for a first round 24th pick plus winger Trey Lyles for this 13th round youngster. This seemingly insignificant decision has been the hope for a Salt Lake City renaissance. He is our hero today, "Donovan Mitchell."


Donovan Mitchell was born on September 7, 1996 in Greenwich, Connecticut, and graduated from a prestigious basketball school University of Louisville, an unimpressive first year in college, Mitchell's NCAA 2015-16 season 19.1 minutes per game.Scored 7.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists.Being thin and shooting inefficiently was what his coach said about his first season. Since then, Mitchell has been in the gym all day, saying, "Every day, after a six-hour workout, I'm going to shoot the finish. 1,000 shots and you're home free."

Mitchell's college days

Kudos to Mitchell in his second season in college for getting the15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals, ranked first in the Atlantic Coast Conference in steals, and was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference's Best First Team and Best Defensive Team. Immediately after only two years of college play, Mitchell announced he would enter the 2017 NBA Draft.

Mitchell's collegiate daysAs Utah Jazz ushers in a renaissance, Mitchell's evolution illustrates how a latecomer can rise to the occasion

In the 2017 draft, the Denver Nuggets selected Mitchell with the thirteenth pick in the first round, but before the draft, Utah The Jazz then negotiated a deal with the Denver Nuggets to trade first-round 24th-rounder plus winger Trey Lyles to this 13th Sooner Mitchell. Mitchell's career journey will also begin in Salt Lake City.

2017 draft picks.

Jazz head coach Quinn Snider has revealed a secret before the 2017 Jazz draft that, at the beginning of the draft, many teams don't The need for a player who is physically gifted is good, but who can make it in the NBA based on talent alone is few and far between, so A lot of teams don't want to take a chance on an aging rookie like that, but when the Jazz were trying him out Mitchell took his The overachievers showed no doubt, and the players he was trying out with at the time included Hart of the Lakers, and when they saw Hart, everyone was like Hart was great, but the team's management was stunned when they saw Mitchell's performance, and GM Dennis Lindsey immediately called the meeting:" Everyone is not to distribute tryout videos and information, and anyone who reveals Mitchell's tryout performance is out."

Mitchell's tryouts

In his first season in the Jazz, the Jazz put Mitchell in the starting 2 spot, and Mitchell played phenomenally.In the 17-18 season, Mitchell played a total of 79 games for the team, averaging 33.4 minutes and scoring 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals., led the Jazz to the second round of the playoffs and was named to the first team of Best Rookie.

17-18 Mitchell season data chart

In 17-18 Mitchell shot 45.3 percent from the floor, 36.4 percent from 3-point range, and 36.4 percent from the rim 63.8 percent (26.32%), 38.0 percent (14.7%) from close range and two points from mid-range The ball hit 37.4 percent (9.6 percent) of the time and 44.5 percent (7.0 percent) of the time from long range two-pointers, true 54.1 percent from the field, 50.6 percent shooting efficiency

Heatmap of Mitchell's shooting in the 17-18 season

In 17-18 Mitchell had an offensive efficiency rating of 103, a defensive efficiency rating of 105, an offensive efficiency rating of 1.4, a defensive efficiency rating of 3.8 , Assist Efficiency 19.4%, Usage Rate 29.1%, Victory Contribution Value 16.7.

17-18 Mitchell efficiency chart


Mitchell's rookie season was an absolute blast, putting up 20+ numbers in his first year before being able to do that. A little, only six people in the NBA have done it since 2000, preceded by James, Anthony, Durant, and Griffin, Evans. This season the Jazz have developed Mitchell as an absolute core, and offensively we've found the rookie Mitchell to be shooting very efficiently, on the court The shooting area is almost dead center, while his offensive zone is mainly spread out at the three-point line and under the basket, and because Mitchell is short, he drives into the inside of the The defensive pressure he faces is more intense, saying he prefers to shoot. Also No. 13 Mitchell in the passing ability is also other poor, also only 3.7 passes per game. On a team like the Jazz, which is based on defense, the defensive efficiency Mitchell showed in his first season was also very, per game defensive efficiency value At 3.8, Mitchell has a 2.08m arm, which is a huge advantage against almost most linebackers not at a disadvantage.

Mitchell.Evolutionary process ②

By the 18-19 season, the rookie Mitchell had emerged as one of the league's most eye-catching stars, with a youthful, veteran style of play and powerful dunks , was an instant hit with many fans, and many NBA greats were raving about him. This season was also an important season for Mitchell to complete his evolution.In the 18-19 season Mitchell played 77 games for the Jazz, averaging 23.8 points in 33.7 minutes per game 4.1 rebounds 4.2 assists 1.4 steals.Lead the Jazz again into the playoffs, but no final defeat.

18-19 Mitchell data chart

In 18-19 Mitchell shot 43.2 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three, and 36.2 percent from the basket 61.9 percent (21.8 percent) and 34.3 percent (23.8 percent) from close range and two-point range Hit 48.0 percent (12.8 percent) of their shots and 40.7 percent (7.7 percent) of their long-range two-pointers, true 53.7 percent from the field, 49.3 percent shooting efficiency

Mitchell shooting heat map for the 18-19 season

In 17-18 Mitchell had an offensive efficiency rating of 104, a defensive efficiency rating of 107, an offensive efficiency rating of 1.3, a defensive efficiency rating of 3.7 , 21.2% assist efficiency, 31.6% usage rate, and 17.9 win contribution value.

Mitchell's efficiency chart for the 18-19 season


This season Mitchell has stepped into superstar territory statistically, with no significant change in offensive or defensive efficiency Case in point, we look at those changes Mitchell made. We can see that Mitchell's season reduced his shooting at the rim and increased his firepower from the 3-point line, and in 18-19 Mitchell A total of 1,530 threes were scored, a full 200 more than 17-18. This confirms that in the small-ball era, teams still scored mostly from three. While Mitchell's three-point shooting has become more frequent this season, his three-point percentage has improved, and this is Mitchell's season One of the evolutions made, another was Mitchell on assists, with Mitchell as the Jazz's first offensive point in the 18-19 season , his passing, while not too good, is not indulging in solo play and is more willing to distribute the ball to open teammates and inside, so his The assist rate has steadily improved. Playoff failures have also allowed Mitchell to grow once again.

Evolutionary history ③

The 19-20 season was supposed to be the worst year in the history of the NBA. After most of the regular season was underway, a sudden outbreak of a new crown epidemic in the United States forced the NBA to declare a shutdown, which was the NBA's history For the third time, all events were suspended and players and fans came into contact with each other. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents were infected, and the number of NBA players infected reached a dozen, and the second of those to be announced was Mitchell , at the peak of his career but hit with a virus, all fingers are crossed for Mitchell. Let's take a look at Mitchell's numbers prior to the hiatus.Mitchell has played 63 games for the Jazz this season, averaging 24.2 points in 34.3 minutes per game, 4.4 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.0 steals in all-around numbers.And was named to the All-Star team this season.

19-20 season Mitchell data chart

In 19-20 Mitchell shot 45.3 percent from the floor, 36.4 percent from 3-point range and 36.4 percent from the rim 62.6 percent (17.1 percent), 42.4 percent (23.5 percent) from close range and two-pointers from midrange hit 50.0 percent (13.4 percent) of their shots and 47.1 percent (11.3 percent) of their long-range two-pointers. 56.0% true shooting percentage, 51.7% shooting efficiency

19-20 Mitchell shooting heat map of the season

In 19-20 Mitchell had an offensive efficiency rating of 110, a defensive efficiency rating of 111, an offensive efficiency rating of 3.0, a defensive efficiency rating of 2.1 , Assist Efficiency 21.2%, Usage Rate 31.6%, and Victory Contribution Value 19.1.

Mitchell's 19-20 season statistics chart


Mitchell is ranked 14th in the league in scoring this season, has seen a significant increase in offensive efficiency and an increase in individual possessions but I He's also cut down a lot on his rebounding, in fact Mitchell's true height is just 1.85m, which is pretty underwhelming on the inside. This season both the offense and the percentage of shots at the rim have drastically decreased, with the offense coming more from a step away from the three-point line and inside the three-point line. His shooting percentage came to be a career high, which is why Mitchell remained efficient in scoring even after the reduction in offense at the rim. Efficiency has also improved, and Mitchell, who had been criticized for not being able to pass the ball, has gained passing awareness and assist success rate this season Elevation. Ranking first on the team in win contribution, Mitchell has truly become the unassailable centerpiece of the Jazz's offense.

Mitchell.Future developments

The emergence of Mitchell surprised everyone, the Utah Jazz, which was not good at offense, seemed to become an offensive and defensive team after welcoming Mitchell.On March 3, 2019, in a game between the Jazz and the Bucks, Mitchell raked in 46 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. Led the Jazz to a 115-111 win over the Bucks, slashing a career-high in points. In his three seasons as a rookie, Mitchell averaged 20+ per game and led his team to the playoffs twiceAnd if you look at the entire history of the NBA, there are a few people who can do all of this, and don't forget that Mitchell, who did all of this, is only a third-year rookie.

Mitchell's assist efficiency chart

Mitchell's scoring explosiveness and ball movement is a lot like that great number 24, he's a combination of with and without the ball, the only downside is that Not very good at impacting and finishing at the rim, rebounding and 3-pointers are the most efficient ways to score in the small ball era, but if you rely solely on the Shooting is no guarantee of a winning trend in every game. Mitchell also has a lot of room for improvement in his assists and passing ability, and if he can change those two things, Mitchell will strike like a great player again! A little more security. With Mitchell's current development, what he can achieve in the future may be even higher.


Summing up.

The top pick in the 2017 draft, Fultz, has fallen, and the top player has been traded to New Orleans. Mitchell shows us that the draft doesn't determine a player's development and explains what it means to come later, although the Jazz once That 20th is gone, but they have welcomed a more desirable Mitchell, and the Jazz's glory may be continued by this young man.

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