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Donovan Mitchell May Be the New Star In Utah

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The Utah Jazz are ready to compete

Mitchell is ready

The Utah Jazz made a late-game comeback, Friday night to beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 114-108. The Jazz are currently on a five-game winning streak.

Rookie Donovan Mitchell set the Utah Jazz team record for most points in a game by a rookie Friday night.  He scored an astonishing 41 points with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He became the first rookie to have a 40+ point game since Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin. reported, Mitchell in the last four game is averaging 26.3 points and is shooting 52.2 percent. This 21-year-old and former Louisville standout is making his presence heard on this Jazz team.

Mitchell told The Salt Lake Tribune, “I’m speechless. I’m pretty sure I was smiling for the last six points and I was grateful to have the fan support out there. It reminds me of Louisville. I’m just trying to make the right reads, make the right pass. I just want to make the right plays out there.”

Perfect timing

Mitchell’s outstanding performance came at a great time for this Jazz team, who are trying to stay competitive in the Western Conference standings. All-star Rudy Gobert bruised his right knee bone on November 11th. The Jazz expect Gobert to return to the court on December 11th a month after his injury.

After Gobert’s injury, many ruled out the Jazz and really gave them no chance to compete in the Western Conference.

Mitchell’s outstanding performance came at a great time for this Jazz team, who are trying to stay competitive in the Western Conference standings.  The Jazz currently sits in 7th place in the Western Conference standings with a 12-11 record.

Utah Jazz off-season

This off-season, the Jazz lost superstar Gordon Hayward who signed a 4-year $128 million dollar contract with the Boston Celtics.

Many of Hayward’s teammates were shocked he decided to leave Utah.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert told, “I could feel it. I was texting him a few days before, and He wasn’t texting me back. That’s what I didn’t like. Just tell me. After five years, trust us, say what you are going to do. But I respect his choice.”

Hayward was a 2017 NBA All-Star who averaged 21.9 points per game for the Jazz last season.  Without Hayward, many didn’t have high hopes for the 2018 Utah Jazz season.

The Utah Jazz task for the 2017-18 NBA season was to navigate through this post-Hayward era the best they could.

Utah general manager Dennis Lindsey told, “Our hope is our players grow into larger roles, and we continue a path which best serves the Jazz. And that path is to draft and develop.”

What is next?


Perhaps, Mitchell will fill Hayward’s shoes and become a star in Utah.  Mitchell’s play has already left an impression on many of his fellow NBA players.

DeMarcus Cousins told The Salt lake Tribune, “Utah got a star, for real.”

The Jazz look to continue their winning streak Monday night when they face the Washington Wizards at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

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