The Utah Jazz are struggling in December losing 9 of their last 11. But having one of the toughest December schedules in the NBA, we expected this. It doesn’t get any easier finishing the year as the Jazz face the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Happy New Year, everybody!
But don’t worry, January eases up on the Jazz.
Looking at the schedule, you see a lot of winnable games. I count 12 of 13 the Jazz could win. They’ll most likely be 15 and 22 to end the year, but could be over .500 after January.
Win or lose, the Jazz have a highlight play every game from Donovan Mitchell. And everyone loves it, including ESPN and other national personalities. The Jazz had a disappointing loss last night against the Denver Nuggets, but everyone was talking about Mitchell’s hammer dunk.
Donovan Mitchell isn't afraid to take it to the rack! pic.twitter.com/OQeG9NiGs9— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 27, 2017
Look at all that! And that wasn’t even close to everywhere it was posted.
Personally, I never thought there would be that many national Jazz highlights for an entire season, let alone a play on a random Tuesday night in the NBA. The Utah Jazz have their superstar. Thanks again, Denver!
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Look out, but ESPN is taking note of Donovan Mitchell and you can bet that by the end of the year, Mitchell will have a very convincing case for the Rookie of the Year award.
Tim McMahon released a piece on Donovan Mitchell today and it’s a must read!
The ceiling for Donovan Mitchell? “He controls it,” his mentor Chris Paul says. “He’s that good.” https://t.co/LJkSMZJCYX— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 27, 2017
My favorite part of the article?
Mitchell didn't expect to emerge as the go-to guy the Jazz desperately needed after Gordon Hayward's summer departure in free agency. He didn't anticipate leading all rookies in total points. Mitchell, the No. 13 overall pick, certainly didn't think that he'd be building a convincing case that he's the best player in his draft class.
The Jazz may be getting more national attention than ever because of Donny Buckets and I’m excited for this ride that will last for years. Enjoy it, Jazz fans!