The hype train moves on with Donovan Mitchell. Last night, he joined ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter.
Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell just appeared on ESPN Sportscenter with Scott Van Pelt. pic.twitter.com/VEvX5XbjZa— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) January 12, 2018
It’s really nice to see a Jazz rookie get this kind of hype. In this era of information sharing, it seems like no Jazzman has gotten this kind of hype this early in his career.
With trade rumors heating up and the report that Nikola Mirotic has expressed specific interest in playing for Quin Snyder, there has been some discussion about Utah’s ability (or lack thereof in some cases) to convince talented players to come to the Beehive State.
There’s no doubt that Utah lacks, shall we say, the flair of some of the bigger cities. Other teams have even taken shots at the lack of “nightlife” in Salt Lake City. But there are some players who are more attracted to franchise stability and solid coaching than nightlife. And it’s those players who end up considering a move to Salt Lake (or stay there after a trade).
The Jazz put out a short clip of Rodney Hood’s game-winning three-pointer against the Dallas Mavericks back in 2016 and tagged it as “legendary.”
Presenting: Legendary Moments in Utah Jazz History— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 12, 2018
Never forget "The Shimmy"
The Jazz beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-100 thanks to Rodney Hood's game-winning 3-pointer in the waning seconds pic.twitter.com/OZFGT2f0J7
I don’t know if I’d call it legendary, but it was certainly a cool moment for him, his career and Utah as a whole. Since that moment, though (and even before it), he’s been the epitome of inconsistency, which has tarnished his legacy somewhat.
The Jazz are expected to wave Naz Mitrou-Long to make way for the incoming Georges Niang. Mitrou-Long’s time with the Jazz was...unique in its own way.
If Naz Mitrou Long’s NBA career is over, he will have one of the stranger NBA tenures.— Ben Anderson (@BensHoops) January 11, 2018
Will have played a total of 1 minute, gone 1-1 from 3, and had his career end due to injury.
Averages 108 PPG Per36, has a career 1.500 TS% and a 137 PER.
At least it can’t be said he wasn’t efficient with the time he was given on the court.
Finally, Jerry Sloan getting a name drop from the best coach currently in the NBA.
Gregg Popovich asked what he thinks of Lonzo as a player. “I haven’t watched him. ... If I have to watch film that’s what assistant coaches are for. Jerry Sloan taught me that.”— Bill Oram (@billoram) January 12, 2018