Two-time All-Star Donovan Mitchell imposed himself as one of the best young players in the league. Mitchell is a player who is very athletic and uses his wingspan to finish inside when he drives to the basket. Also, he is really shifty and knows how to protect the ball. Overall, a really polished offensive player. Being a rising star in the league usually means being compared to someone, and Donovan is often compared to Dwyane Wade. Even Wade once admitted that he sees a lot of himself in Donovan.
Mitchell’s game is not only pleasing to the eye, but it is also efficient. This season, the 24-year old is averaging 24.8 points per game with 42.9% shooting from the floor and 38.0% for three. Also, he’s grabbing 4.7 rebounds and dishing out 5.5 assists.
From the Utah Jazz standpoint, they have a true superstar on their roster, and Mitchell is one of the reasons why the team has the best record in the league. But, if it wasn’t for the former GM Dennis Lindsey, who knows if Mitchell would today live in Salt Lake. The Nuggets were the ones who drafted Mitchell from 13th place in the 2017 draft. However, Lindsey and the Jazz were blown away by Mitchell’s abilities in the pre-draft workouts. Seeing him play in some three-on-three scrimmages, Lindsey immediately saw Mitchell’s potential.
“I think as much as anything it gave us some confirmation that a few things that we were picking up live and on video and statistically, you know he showed that not only was he a good player but that he was almost growing by the day.Dennis Lindsey, via Washington Post
So the Jazz knew how good Mitchell really is, but they didn’t want the information to go public. Especially Lindsey, who knew that the franchise could get their star. After he saw Mitchell’s workout, Lindsey made sure nobody leaks the information.
“If any word about this workout gets out, you’re fired. Everyone. You’re fired.Dennis Lindsey, via Washington Post
The Jazz employees took Lindsey’s words seriously, and Utah eventually got Mitchell, who was traded from the Nuggets for the 24th pick (Tyler Lydon) and Trey Lyles. Who knows how would things turned out for the Jazz if Lindsey didn’t recognize Mitchell’s skills in the first place.