As all Utah Jazz fans will agree, Mitchell was absolutely sensational last year, beginning with his thrilling dunk off a second hoop’s backboard into another, followed by athletic display after athletic display, topped off by his nod to Vince Carter in the final dunk.
I thought he deserved to win mostly because of his showmanship. The dunking wasn't that special though really.
In some ways, this came as little surprise considering that Mitchell was on Kenny’s list of All-Star selections when the TNT crew was making their predictions prior to the rosters being released. But it was still a cool reminder to see such a prominent figure giving Mitchell that nod yet again.
his opinion is meaningless with this idiocy. Mitchell played like a star for a month. Gobert has for more than 4 years
Kenny Smith made it clear that he thinks it was a snub that Mitchell was left off the roster. Most of the rest of the basketball world acknowledges that leaving Rudy off was even more egregious.
Not sure that is the case. Everyone says Rudy can make it next year but if Mitchell puts it all together he will make it before Rudy deserving or not
The Snyder-led Jazz know all about coming on late. In each of Snyder’s five seasons at the helm, the club has posted a better record in the second half of the season than they did through the first 41 games. That’s true again this year: Utah reached the midway point on a 40-win pace, and have since won 12 of 16, the winning percentage of a 62-win team. Of course, a crazy schedule imbalance explains that leap; the Jazz were never as mediocre as a 40-win team, nor are they as good now as a 62-win team. But this group, historically and in its current version, understands how to get better as a season goes along.
Most of it has been because of Rudy/schedule
Two players the Warriors had circled on their game plan: Gobert and Joe Ingles. The Warriors’ defensive scheme seemed to ensure that those two couldn’t get going, as they combined for just seven shot attempts all game, making six. Gobert used just 12.9% of all Jazz possessions he was a part of, and Ingles used only 5.8%. So what were the Warriors willing to give up? Basically they chose to dare Donovan Mitchell to beat them off the bounce, usually throwing extra bodies his way after he turned the corner on pick-and-rolls. Mitchell finished the night 4-for-12 on pull-up jumpers, and 3-for-13 with more turnovers (2) than assists (1) on his drives.
easy to do when no one has to guard Rubio or Favors on the perimeter
Since Quin Snyder took over as head coach, the Utah Jazz are 67-39 (.626) after the all star break. That’s a 51+ winning pace over an 82 game season. This despite two losing seasons in his first two years. I don’t know what it is about the back half of the schedule, but Utah always seems to figure it out. I’m confident this year will be no different. I expect the Jazz to do a ton of winning over the remainder of the season. It think they’re going to climb the ladder that is the Western Conference standings.
Had nothing to do with Gobert being on the bench the first year and injured two of the other years in the first half!
Maybe Utah can still make a trade this summer, but it won’t have nearly as much salary-matching fodder with Ricky Rubio, Thabo Sefolosha and Ekpe Udoh all in the final years of their contracts right now.