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The Jazz will lean on their All-Stars for a post-break run

With their first All-Star games behind them, how far can Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell take the Jazz?

2020 NBA All-Star - MTN DEW 3-Point Contest Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

As of tomorrow morning, the 2020 NBA All-Star break is officially over for the Utah Jazz. It’s back to business. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell are fresh off their first appearances in the All-Star game, and is was awesome to see them be apart of the game and other festivities over the weekend. The dual All-Star selections is a huge highlight from the 2019-20 season for the Utah Jazz. Regardless of where the season ends, the fact that both Rudy and Donovan were named All-Stars is a really awesome accomplishment that all Jazz fans should be very pleased with. But both Rudy and Donovan will be the first ones to tell you that there’s so much more that they want to accomplish this season.

That being said, now that the All-Star monkey is off their backs, where will Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz go from here?

Tavan Parker highlighted the upcoming schedule and remaining portion of the season in an awesome article the other day.

But more specifically, how will Rudy and Donovan perform after their All-Star break?

Rudy Gobert is priming up to make another DPOY run. He has been a whole new level of an anchor to the Jazz this season, coming up huge defensively in countless games, especially in the final minutes. He’s on pace to finish with a career-high in field goal percentage, rebounds per game, and extremely close to getting there for points per game as well.

Rudy. Is. Balling. Out. Of. His. Mind.

If he can somehow elevate his game even more, and say the Jazz go on a huge winning streak and end up as the two seed, there’s a legitimate chance he gets some MVP votes at the end of the season.I don’t know how realistic it is to expect anything more from Rudy Gobert than what we’ve been getting (because it’s A LOT), but there’s a chance. Rudy always finds ways to get better, so maybe we will be pleasantly surprised.

With Donovan Mitchell, I believe the story is a bit different. I think Donovan Mitchell has his best basketball yet to be played this season. It’s been a bit of an up-and-down year for Mitchell, although the ride as a overall unit has been pretty awesome, hence the All-Star appearance. He’s coming off kindof a weird stretch of games lately where he played some of the worst basketball of the season prior to the All-Star break. You could tell from watching him play that they just wanted to make it to the break, which is a pretty common thing among NBA players the week of the ASB. With that all behind him, I think Spida explodes in the remaining games for the Jazz this season.

I said about two months ago that I truly believed Donovan Mitchell contained the keys to unlocking the true potential of the Utah Jazz, and I stand by that. If he can play the best basketball of his career in the next few months, the Jazz will contend for a championship. It seems strange to still be relying on a 23-year-old to lead you to glory, especially when you consider the fact that Rudy Gobert is playing on an MVP level and Bojan Bogdanovic has been one of the best supporting role players in the NBA this season. But even with that, Donovan Mitchell will decide the fate of the Utah Jazz this season, and beyond.