The NBA has not “officially” announced the participants for the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, but word has gotten out, and Donovan Mitchell was snubbed of an invite.
It’s a big disappointment for Jazz fans, and any other person in the world, because Donovan Mitchell is an incredible dunker. It would have been awesome to see him showcase his leaping ability and creativity in the national spotlight, and the NBA is wrong for not extending the invite.
But enough complaining and pointing out poor decision-making has been done. It’s time to move on and focus on what we can control. Here’s the great news for Jazz fans, and the entire Jazz organization as whole: Donovan Mitchell is not just a great dunker, he’s a freaking good basketball player, so he doesn’t need your dunk contest, NBA.
Although it would have been awesome to see Mitchell get even more national media attention in the dunk contest, he has been getting plenty of love recently from several national outlets.
As if it were an attempt at making up for snubbing him, NBA.com published a piece soley focused on Mitchell’s incredible performances this season and the player he is becoming.
Some great insight was given in the piece, including how Mitchell has adopted the role of a leader as such a young age despite having several veteran players on the roster.
“He’s learning how to be a leader, has a lot of confidence and is always working hard,” said Jazz center Rudy Gobert. “I think he’s been very good overall. He’s not scared of the moment, not scared of big shots, not scared to attack. Pretty rare for a rookie.”
“He’s assuming a role in clutch situations, and it makes sense,” Snyder said. “There’s no sense in trying to pretend. He’s the most capable player and so I’m not concerned if he’s 19 or 25 or a rookie. There’s no reason to wait. If they’re capable of doing it, do it. The way he is and the kind of person he is, nobody on the team envies him.”
SB Nation posted a four-minute highlight reel with incredible animations built in, which turned out to be an incredible tribute to Donovan Mitchell and the great season he is having.
You can already tell Donovan Mitchell is a star. pic.twitter.com/JiNkgJeSNl— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 24, 2018
Mitchell also opened up a little bit and discussed not being invited to the dunk contest (and All-Star game).
The NBA still hasn’t officially announced the dunk contest participants yet but Donovan Mitchell said he hasn’t received an invite. “I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be in it,” Mitchell said. pic.twitter.com/pzGAihsiEH— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) January 24, 2018
Oh, did you think that was the end of the Donovan Mitchell national media posts? That’s too bad.
The NBA did announce that Mitchell was selected for the Rising Stars game, and will play for team USA against team World in a fun matchup.
Donovan was also interviewed on the NBA TV set and discussed being selected to the Rising Stars game, and being in the NBA spotlight in general.
"This is a crazy experience and I'm loving every minute of it. Truly honored and blessed to be here."@utahjazz rookie, @spidadmitchell joined #10BeforeTip to talk being named to the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars U.S. Team roster and more! pic.twitter.com/RE6fHIuGgz— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 24, 2018
Donovan Mitchell is a star, and he doesn’t need the dunk contest to get to the next level of stardom. (Although it would have been really really really really cool).
It wouldn’t be a downbeat without an update on trade rumors, right?? Here’s the latest rumors circulating around that deal with the Jazz, take it for what it is.
Five young teams that might trade for Rodney Hood of the Utah Jazz. https://t.co/m4ttkgFazr— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) January 23, 2018
Jazz Interested In Willy Hernangomez https://t.co/GzqEkeV4Yr— Anthony DiMoro (@AnthonyDiMoro) January 24, 2018
#Bulls are still dead set on acquiring a 1st-round pick in a Niko Mirotic trade. It might be more likely to happen in a 3-team deal than a 2-team dealhttps://t.co/A6099g5MFq pic.twitter.com/OoVWiaXo8J— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) January 24, 2018
The pros and cons of trading for Rodney Hood: pic.twitter.com/EZfAj3g9gt— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 24, 2018
The Jazz picked up a road win in Detroit, and Donovan Mitchell threw down another nasty alley-oop. Again, I don’t think he needs the dunk contest, because, well, he’s making actual NBA games his dunk contest.
Cryptic Derrick Favors tweets, edition 13A.
✌ ✈️— Derrick Favors (@dfavors14) January 25, 2018
Faves loves messing with the fans. It’s most likely no indication of his status in trade discussions, but it makes it a little more fun nonetheless.