Shortly after 5:30, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver began the 2017 NBA draft as he took the stage at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The days leading up to the draft were a whirlwind, for fans and front offices. The Utah Jazz were hard at work to making a deal with the Denver Nuggets to get the No. 13 overall selection in exchange for the No. 24 pick and forward Trey Lyles.
The draft is always an exciting night for Jazz fans, and this year was no different. The Utah Jazz have characteristically relied on the draft as the primary method to build their roster. The 2017 draft class was deep, so moving up to the 13th spot sweetened the options.
Using the newly acquired No. 13 pick, the Utah Jazz selected Donovan Mitchell, a guard from Louisville. Mitchell was a member of the first team All-ACC and All Defensive Team during his sophomore season.. A versatile and athletic scorer, Mitchell is likely to be a great fit on the Utah Jazz roster.
Standing at 6’2, Mitchell has an impressive 6’10 wingspan that allows him to easil overwhelm opposing guards on the defensive end of the court. He made some good progress as a sophomore, and Utah is likely to him continue to grow.
Welcome to Jazz Nation, Donovan Mitchell!