Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell
23-Year-Old GuardG
Utah Jazz  NBA  
Utah Jazz
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Mitchell followed up an impressive rookie season with an even better second-year performance, reaching new career highs in points (23.8), assists (4.2) and rebounds (4.1). He drained 2.4 threes per tilt for the second straight season, boosting his three-point percentage to a respectable 36.2. The Louisville product contributed on the defensive side of the ball too, swiping 1.4 steals for the second year in a row. Mitchell had a huge role for the Jazz last season, logging a 30.9 usage rate, good for seventh in the NBA among players with at least 1900 minutes. He's likely to see that hefty usage rate decrease in 2019-20 with the addition of Mike Conley, who is a better all-around scorer and playmaker than former Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio. Conley will handle some of the backcourt load and enable Mitchell to play off-ball more frequently. New forward Bojan Bogdanovic could cut into Mitchell's production as well, given his natural scoring abilities. Even though his role may diminish slightly this season, Mitchell is still one of the best young guards in the league and will provide solid fantasy contributions in most categories, making him a clear early-round selection in all formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.73 million contract with the Jazz in July of 2017. Jazz exercised $3.64 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Jazz exercised $5.2 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Donovan Vernell Mitchell Jr., son of Nicole and Donovan Mitchell Sr., was born in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1996. Mitchell started on the path to basketball stardom at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. As a junior, he averaged 11.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists to lead Brewster Academy to a 33-2 record, the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council AAA Championship and the National Prep Championship. Mitchell was even better as a senior, averaging 14.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals to push Brewster Academy to a 34-1 record and its second straight National Prep Championship in 2015. Mitchell's play at Brewster led to his being named the 17th best high school player in the nation by Scout.com. Mitchell chose to play collegiate basketball at the University of Louisville, where he spent two years. Mitchell has been active in and around the Salt Lake City community since matriculating to the NBA. Throughout the season, he often leads school visits and basketball camps for area teenagers. In August 2018, the Mitchell family surprised students at Kearns High School to hand-deliver 300 backpacks to exemplary students in need. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@Spidadmitchell).

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Mitchell was one of college basketball's most improved players between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, as he earned First-Team All-ACC honors on both offense and defense his sophomore year. His scoring more than doubled to 15.6 PPG that season, though there were no significant drop-offs in his shooting percentage with the added volume. His best offensive game came Jan. 24 in a 106-51 rout of Pittsburgh, when Mitchell posted 29 points on 9-for-13 shooting. He also averaged 2.1 steals per contest to lead the ACC and finish No. 16 in the country. In the NCAA Tournament, Mitchell posted averages of 14.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists, but he and the Cardinals fell as a No. 2 seed to Michigan in the Round of 32. Mitchell elected to go pro after that season and was taken in the first round by the Nuggets (13th overall), and later traded to the Jazz.

Still displeased with Gobert
GUtah Jazz
April 10, 2020
Due to Rudy Gobert's reckless behavior during the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, the relationship between him and Mitchell "doesn't appear salvageable," Shams Charania, Sam Amick and Tony Jones of The Athletic report.
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Days before testing positive for coronavirus, video surfaced of Gobert purposely touching microphones, and he was also reportedly careless about his contact with teammates and their belongings. His behavior has clearly upset Mitchell, and it's not clear if their relationship will ever recover. Mitchell was notably vocal on a video call with Good Morning America in mid-March. While the organization remains hopeful that the pair will eventually come to see eye-to-eye, things aren't promising currently.
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2018

In his second season for the Utah Jazz, Mitchell started 77 games. He set new career highs in terms of minutes per game (33.7), points per game (23.8), assists per game (4.2), and rebounds per game (4.1). On Jan. 25 Mitchell set a career high with 11 assists during a 106-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Twice during the 2018-2019 season Mitchell scored a career-high 46 points. On Mar. 2, he scored 46 points during a 115-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. The next month on Apr. 9, he matched the feat as his team bested the Denver Nuggets 118-108. Mitchell finished the year with 1,829 total points, which led the Jazz and was the 11th most in the league. He also netted 188 three-point field goals, which was the 16th highest total in the NBA. He was twice named NBA Player of the Week. His first honor came on Jan. 14 and his second award came on Mar. 4. Mitchell's Jazz ended the season with a 50-32 record and lost to the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. The high-scoring guard has two seasons remaining on his rookie contract with the Jazz.

2017

The 13th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft made his professional debut with a 10-point, four-assist night in a 106-96 win against Denver. He played in 79 games, making 71 starts and scoring 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.5 steals per game while playing 33.4 minutes a night. He scored a season-high 41 points against New Orleans on Dec. 1. The Louisville product would score 40 points while adding six assists and five rebounds against Phoenix on Feb. 2. Mitchell recorded seven games with at least 30 points, including a pair of 35-point outings against Charlotte on January 12 and San Antonio on March 23. He played in 11 playoff games, scoring a playoff high 38 points in a decisive Game 6 win in the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 27. Mitchell then recorded his first career double-double in Game 1 of that series with a 27-point, 10-rebound effort against the Rockets. He'd go on to post two more double-doubles, a 22-point, 11-assist effort in Game 3 of the First Round and a 17-point, 11-assist tally in Game 2 of the Conference Semifinals against Houston. Mitchell was ultimately named Rookie of the Month four times in December, January, February and March. He was also named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 1st round (13th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft. Traded by the Nuggets to the Utah Jazz for Tyler Lydon and Trey Lyles.
  • July 5, 2017
    Signed a multi-year, rookie contract with the Utah Jazz
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Drafted with the 13th overall pick in the 2017 Draft, Mitchell was expected to hold a relatively small rotational role on the Jazz during his rookie year. However, the Louisville product came out of the gates hot, scoring 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting during his sixth NBA game, being inserted into the starting five just six games later. He never looked back from there, filling the void created by Gordon Hayward’s departure. A favorite among some to win Rookie of the Year, Mitchell was able to lead Utah to the playoffs on the back of an especially strong post-All-Star break stint. During his final 24 appearances, Mitchell averaged 22.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals. Throughout the year, Mitchell was also able to put together five 30-point games, two 40-point games, 25 games with at least five assists and 13 performances with three or more steals. Considering Mitchell posted a 29.1 percent usage rate during his rookie campaign, it may be difficult for him to improve on his overall volume heading into 2018-19. However, there remains room for him to improve as a shooter, as he shot a fair, but not great, 43.7 percent from the field and 34.0 percent from beyond the arc. And, considering how much he handles the ball for the Jazz, he may be looking to improve as a passer. Regardless, Mitchell already has the makings of an up-and-coming star in the NBA.
Mitchell is a 6-foot-3 combo guard out of Louisville with an imposing 6-foot-10 wingspan and top-tier athleticism, which helps smooth out his lack of size. He projects to be a near-NBA-ready defender right out of the gate, as he averaged 2.1 steals per game last season as a sophomore, leading the ACC. Mitchell also posted 15.6 points, 4.9 boards and 2.7 assists across 32.3 minutes while making 40.8 percent of his attempts from the field while hitting 2.4 threes per game at a 35.4 percent clip. Two things may stop Mitchell from having an impactful Fantasy season – his workload and his offensive readiness, or lack thereof. He’ll be joining a Jazz roster filled with guards such as Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum, Rodney Hood, Joe Johnson and others. He also wasn’t a particularly efficient player in college, which generally doesn’t bode well for rookies. All in all, Mitchell can probably be looked over in the majority of Fantasy formats during his first run as a professional.
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Cleared of coronavirus
GUtah Jazz
March 27, 2020
Mitchell has been cleared of coronavirus, as have the rest of the Jazz's players and personnel, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports.
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Tests positive for coronavirus
GUtah Jazz
Illness
March 12, 2020
Mitchell tested positive for the coronavirus after being evaluated following the postponement of the Jazz's game Wednesday versus the Thunder, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Wednesday's game postponed
GUtah Jazz
March 11, 2020
Mitchell's game between Utah and Oklahoma City on Wednesday has been postponed, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
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Poor offensive showing vs. Raptors
GUtah Jazz
March 10, 2020
Mitchell posted 11 points (4-16 FG, 3-6 3Pt), three rebounds, three assists and three steals across 34 minutes during Monday's 101-92 loss to the Raptors.
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Struggles from field
GUtah Jazz
March 7, 2020
Mitchell only scored 11 points (3-15 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 99-94 win at Boston.
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