SALT LAKE CITY — One of the main questions surrounding 6-foot-3 Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell since he was selected 13th overall in last June’s draft has been whether or not he has the ball skills to be a point guard or if he’d play primarily shooting guard.
With the likely long term injury to Dante Exum (there was still no official update on him at Thursday’s practice), that question has become an even more burning one, as Mitchell has otherwise shown he’s capable of playing significant minutes in his first season.
While acknowledging that Mitchell does need to continue to improve in areas typically assigned to point guards, head coach Quin Snyder said Thursday that he wants the former Louisville Cardinal to not pay too much mind to which of the two guard positions he is playing.
“I think Donovan has a unique ability to score the basketball, and we want Donovan— the dialogue there that I’ve had with Donovan—is just be a guard,” Snyder said.
Part of being a guard, Snyder said, does mean having ball skills and thinking about how to set his teammates up, but it also includes things such as developing a floater.
“He doesn’t have to be playing (point guard) in order to do those things,” Snyder said.
Coming off a stellar preseason that concluded with him scoring 26 points against the Lakers, including a key 3-pointer with 1:02 left that stretched Utah’s lead from one to four, Mitchell was asked Thursday if he’s aware of the growing hype surrounding him.
“I am,” he acknowledged. “With social media now it’s kind of hard not to see all that, but I just really focus on trying to be as humble as possible and not really let it get to me at all. I just focus on the defensive end. If the shots …read more
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