Donovan Mitchell is a rookie in the NBA, and he’s already making a name for himself. But that’s not all he’s doing. He’s making sure he gets better every single day, even if it means going against all the current NBA coaching methods. The Phoenix Suns’ point guard is an avid reader of “The Book of Basketball”, by legendary coach Jerry Sloan. He believes in what the book says and follows it to a tee.

Last night, October 28th, the Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 98-84 in an exciting game for the young Utah Jazz. Donovan Mitchell finished with 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists, while the Jazz’s star guard Ricky Rubio had a mediocre game with 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Utah Jazz have lost three games in a row to the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA Western Conference semifinals and need a spark for Game 6. Fortunately, they have a man who is willing to shoot, even under pressure.  Donovan Mitchell explains that he learned this way of playing from a coach he thinks is crazy. We looked at Coach and decided we should all be that mad.

Donovan Mitchell has become an NBA powerhouse

word-image-10650 word-image-10651 Donovan Mitchell converted his jumper at Louisville and became a tenacious perimeter shooter, especially in postseason games the last two years. | Alex Goodlett/Getty Images On the 13th. The first pick of the 2017 NBA Draft didn’t go badly for Utah. If this all happened again, at least half of the teams that picked them in the past would do the same as the Jazz did then: Take Mitchell. The 6-foot-6 guard is averaging 23.4 points and 4.3 assists in four NBA seasons. In the recently concluded regular season, he averaged 26.4 points and 5.2 assists, but his best performances came in the postseason. Mitchell scored 28.5 points per game in the first round for the Memphis Grizzlies. So far, he’s scoring 34.0 points per game against the Clippers and shooting 41.0% of his 3-pointers. After shooting 51.6 percent from beyond the arc in seven games with the Denver Nuggets last year and scoring 36.3 points per game, Mitchell has a reputation for being a threat to opposing defenses. The best part from Utah’s perspective is that the Jazz have a deal with Mitchell that includes a player option for the 2025-26 season.

Mitchell thrived at Louisville with a crazy coach

. Mitchell was born in Brooklyn, just north of the Bronx, went to high school in Connecticut and played baseball in the summer at New York’s famous Rucker Park. He became a coveted Division I recruit and eventually decided to play for Rick Pitino in Louisville. Pitino coached in the NBA for more than five seasons. His best performance was a 782-277 in college, including a national championship at Kentucky. Mitchell came in 2015 and immediately became a valuable piece on the bench as a rookie. He turned pro after his second season. During that time, Mitchell averaged 15.6 points and significantly improved his shot from the outside rim. The guard thinks Pitino and the Cardinals staff have completely overhauled his shot, but Mitchell also notes Pitino’s ability to inspire his athletes to play with passion. He has a knack for finding out what’s out there that you don’t know about, he said on the Knuckleheads podcast with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. He found the dog in me, the fire. I already had a fire, but he lit it first. Now you’re playing angry. Like a man possessed. It’s like Coach P. lost his mind. Everyone knows that. Now you’re acting like you’re angry ….. I don’t know how to describe it, but it frees the dog in you. Donovan Mitchell Mitchell, already an energetic player, has found a new speed and attitude. It’s like everyone before me was no better than me. He created that competitive nature, he and many of the assistant coaches that were there, they created that culture.

Star Jazz questionable for Game 6 against Clippers

. Injuries have become a major problem in the NBA playoffs. LeBron James and Anthony Davis were not at full strength when the Los Angeles Lakers attacked them in the first round. The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets struggled multiple times to keep their top teams on the field, and Giannis Antitokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks battled a sore hip Thursday to help win Game 7. Utah has its own problems heading into Game 6 against the Clippers. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Mike Conley remains on the injured list with lingering hamstring inflammation. Mitchell is struggling with problems with his right ankle and is officially listed as questionable. That ankle is the same one that kept him on the bench during the last 16 regular-season games and the first-round game, and Mitchell showed signs of limited mobility in Wednesday’s 119-111 defeat. Although he only scored 21 points, he played 38 minutes of playing time. If the injury keeps him from scoring 30 points Friday night, Utah’s chances of reaching the semifinals are questionable at best. If he succeeds, watch out, because the series goes to game seven. All statistics are from Basketball Reference. COMPARED TO: Stephen A. Smith attacks Karl Malone and John Stockton and praises Donovan Mitchell: I just said that, and I don’t stutter

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