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“I think it’ll be quicker than mine and Rudy [Gobert]” — Donovan Mitchell on developing pick-and-roll chemistry with Jarrett Allen

In their time together, Donovan and Rudy were one of the best pick-and-roll duos in the Association. Mitchell and Allen have the potential to do the same.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell, center Jarrett Allen and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert

Donovan Mitchell, Jarrett Allen, and Rudy Gobert

When Donovan Mitchell was still with the Utah Jazz, he created beautiful music with Rudy Gobert through their pick-and-roll plays. But now that the three-time All-Star is with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he will be doing the pick-and-roll dance with different partners, including Jarrett Allen.

According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Mitchell believes he can develop similar chemistry with his new teammate in no time.

"I think it's coming along very well," Mitchell said of the new collaboration. "I think it'll be quicker than mine and Rudy because I was a rookie when Rudy and I first started. But we were the number one or number two pick-and-roll duo in the league. That's six years of repetition. Obviously, J.A. and I don't have that. But for me I think it'll come easy because one, I'm better than when I first started with Rudy. I'm not the same rookie coming in. I have an understanding of where things should be. But I also have an understanding of bigs setting pick and rolls. It takes time, but J.A. is fantastic at it."

The deadly Mitchell-Gobert combination

As Mitchell alluded to, he and Gobert formed one of the most efficient pick-and-roll partnerships in the NBA.

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They played a huge role in Utah ranking first in the league in the number of offensive possessions that ended in a pick-and-roll play and points produced out of the pick-and-roll during the 2021-22 campaign.

Although there were reports of an ongoing rift between Mitchell and Gobert for the past couple of seasons, it was clear that the former teammates could play a beautiful brand of basketball.

Allen no stranger to setting screens

The good news for Mitchell is that Allen is already experienced in providing picks. As noted by Fedor, the 6-foot-10 has been doing it since he was with the Brooklyn Nets.

"Allen learned the art of screen-setting in Brooklyn," Fedor wrote. "It's the first thing coaches taught him after he was drafted No. 22 in 2017. It was on-the-job training. As a rookie, Allen led all players in screens per 100 possessions."

In fact, Allen had developed great pick-and-roll chemistry with Caris LeVert, his former Nets teammate who also currently plays for the Cavs.

Once Mitchell and Allen have gotten enough reps, Cleveland will surely become more potent on offense.

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