There is no stage too bright for Donovan Mitchell. Wednesday evening Mitchell was named the Breakthrough Player of the Year by the ESPY Awards commitee, and continued his impressive run in the national spotlight. He soaked in his time on the red carpet, interviewing on ESPN sporting his incredible “Spida” suit.
Spider-themed suit for @spidadmitchell pic.twitter.com/nmSBVrBuuu— ESPN (@espn) July 18, 2018
@spidadmitchell ESPY heat... pic.twitter.com/EeuB4dJcQk— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) July 18, 2018
This guy’s social presence is incredible. He has one of those personalities that makes all the cameras go to him during events like the ESPYs. He’s the guy that everyone wants to talk to. It’s pretty unbelievable stuff, considering that he is a player right here in Utah. After all these barriers and sterotypes that Mitchell has destroyed this season, Breakthrough Player of the Year fits him oh so perfectly.
In the 25 year history of the ESPYS, only five NBA players had won the Breakthrough Player of the Year Award. Mitchell joined LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Jeremy Lin, which is a pretty solid group (linsanity is still undeniably cool).
He gave an incredible acceptance speach, praising his mother like he has done incessantly throughout his incredible short NBA career. He also encouraged everyone do chase their dreams, and not allow themselves to get labeled or molded by the opinions of others. Oh and I failed to mention this was after dapping up OBJ like a boss.
Donovan Mitchell wins Breakthrough athlete of the year and delivers AMAZING speech #ESPYS pic.twitter.com/uvKpdISi25— BLACK SPORTSCENTER 2 (@VersaceBoyEnt2) July 19, 2018
In case you haven’t already, thank the universe for bringing to pass a man like Donovan Mitchell. And then thank it again for allowing him to play for the Utah Jazz. I don’t know how he does it, but he becomes more likable as the days pass.
Derrick Favors opened up a little bit more on his decision to stick around in Utah in a nice little video tribute/article produced by the Utah Jazz digital team.
"This was the place that I wanted to be."— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) July 18, 2018
Derrick Favors looks back on his free agency, talks about his faith in the Jazz's DNA and how he can't wait for next season.
Read/watch more HERE: https://t.co/UzzcSeswXf pic.twitter.com/uBlfkj10PV
Derrick Favors is the man, that’s all that needs to be said at this moment in time.
NBA2K released their 2019 rating for Donovan Mitchell, and it was a little underwhealming.
Donovan Mitchell is an 87 in NBA2K19. They also did much more work on his rendering: pic.twitter.com/IjNTZhGixC— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) July 18, 2018
Mitchell’s 87 was the exact same as the rating given for Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, which seemed to irk a lot of individuals, including the offical Utah Jazz twitter account.
Still too low. pic.twitter.com/wcHpogVhWl— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) July 18, 2018
87 is a solid ranking, especially for a second-year guy. But it’s understandable why some think he should be a bit higher based on Tatum’s ranking. But oh well, it’s a video game, Mitchell will just have to get buckets in real life this coming season to make up for it.
Donovan Mitchell, just like the rest of us, misses Jazz basketball. Mitchell posted a video to his Instagram story of himself watching Jazz highlights, specifically one of my favorite moments from the past season.
V true ✊@spidadmitchell @rickyrubio9 pic.twitter.com/90Nj0i0fZN— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) July 18, 2018
I miss Donovan. I miss Ricky. Can it be October already?
Some juicy NBA twitter broke overnight on Tuesday, and it shook the basketball world. Kawhi Leonard getting traded to Toronto was an outcome that was not expected by pretty much everyone, and it caught us all by surprise, including Donovan Mitchell.
good morning pic.twitter.com/fQWoTOHHTz— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) July 18, 2018
This is probably how all of us looked yesterday morning while checking Twitter when first seeing the news. For Jazz fans, this offseason hasn’t had a lot of juicy trades, free-agent signings, etc. So feel free to live vicariously through these other fan bases. There’s plenty of drama to go around.