Category Archives: Cards in the NBA

Cards in the NBA: December 22nd

Welcome back everyone, to your weekly look at how our former Cards are faring in the NBA! (Spoiler alert, it’s pretty dang good!) Let’s get into it!

*All stats are accurate for games played through December 21st.

Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves)

MPG (Minutes Per Game): 17.7

PPG (Points Per Game): 6.1

APG (Assists Per Game): 1.2

RPG (Rebounds Per Game): 4.8

SPG (Steals Per Game): 0.8

BPG (Blocks Per Game): 0.2

TPG (Turnovers Per Game): 1.0

FG%: 48.6

3P%: 20.0

FT%: 74.4

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Donovan Mitchell Gets Some Royal Praise

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Donovan Mitchell continues to impress as a rookie. Last night, Donovan led his Utah Jazz in a road battle against arguably the world’s best player Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Though his team lost 109-100, Donovan still put on a show; dropping 26 points including this exquisite dunk.

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Cardinals In The NBA: December 16th

Welcome back to your weekly look on how our former Cards are doing in the NBA! Let’s get into it!

*All stats accurate for games played through December 14th

Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves)

MPG (Minutes Per Game): 17.7

PPG (Points Per Game): 6.5

APG (Assists Per Game): 1.3

RPG (Rebounds Per Game): 4.8

SPG (Steals Per Game): 0.8

BPG (Blocks Per Game): 0.2

TPG (Turnovers Per Game): 1.0

FG%: 50.4

3P%: 21.7

FT%: 75.6

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Cards in the NBA: December 8th

Welcome back to another (late) edition of Cards in the NBA! No wasting time here, lets get into it!

*All stats accurate through games played through December 7th

Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves)

MPG (Minutes Per Game): 17.1

PPG (Points Per Game): 6.9

APG (Assists Per Game): 1.3

RPG (Rebounds Per Game): 4.6

SPG (Steals Per Game): 0.6

BPG (Blocks Per Game): 0.1

TPG (Turnovers Per Game): 1.0

FG%: 52.1

3P%: 22.7

FT%: 75.6

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Donovan Takes Top Rookie Spot In Power Rankings


Donovan Mitchell is having an outstanding rookie season with the Utah Jazz. He has broken records, had insane dunks and done it all while taking control of the Jazz offense. Colin Ward-Henninger with CBS Sports now has Donovan at the top of the rookie power rankings. Right where he belongs.

Donovan Mitchell, You Have Yourself A Night

Last night, the Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 114-108 and rookie Donovan Mitchell put on a show.

Mitchell dropped 41 points in the matchup. The Pelicans could not find an answer for Mitchell… Not even Boogie Cousins, who Donovan basically ate for dinner.

Mitchell became the first rookie since Blake Griffin to drop 40 points in a game. He also set the Jazz rookie record, previously held by none other than Dr. Dunkenstein himself, Darrell Griffith.

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Donovan Mitchell’s Historic Night

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Last Night, Louisville Cardinal forever Donovan Mitchell had a career night 41pts against the New Orleans Pelicans. He continues to shine in the NBA. He was only the 7th rookie in the modern era to score 40pts. The others were the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, & others. He score 29 of the 41pts in the second half. Donovan will always be a cardinal favorite and an early favorite for Rookie of the Year.


Donovan Mitchell Surprises His Mom With A Big Gift

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As if UofL fans needed another reason to adore Donovan Mitchell. Donovan surprised his mother with a new Audi SUV yesterday. As you will see in the video below from ESPN via Donovan’s Instagram account, she was taken aback and loved her gift from her son.

UofL has been blessed to have outstanding young men join our sports programs and school the last few years and Donovan is proving to be another great one on the basketball court and off of it. It’s always nice to see an athlete with a heart like Donovan Mitchell.

Where Does Donovan Mitchell Rank In The Rookie Class (So Far)


Donovan Spida Mitchell. He is one of the most beloved cardinals to wear the uniform in recent years, and rightfully so. He has been off to a great start in his professional career and just recently came through with a promise he made to his mom to buy her a new car. Andrew Sharp with Sports Illustrated ranks the top 15 in the rookie class based on the first month’s performance, and Donovan is getting the recognition he deserves.

Cards in the NBA: November 8th

Welcome back everyone, its time to check in on how our beloved former Cards are doing in the NBA! (stats will be accurate through November 7th)

Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves)

MPG (Minutes per game): 15.4

PPG (Points per game): 6.8

APG (Assists per game): 1.1

RPG (Rebounds per game): 5.0

SPG (Steals per game): 0.3

BPG (Blocks per game): 0.2

TPG (Turnovers per game): 0.8

FG%: 50.0

3P%: 25.0

FT%: 76.9

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Donovan Mitchell STUNS The Lakers

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Donovan Mitchell became the first rookie for the Utah Jazz to score more than 22 points or more in the first six games since another Cardinal legend, Darrell Griffith.

From stunning Lonzo Ball to getting buckets, Mitchell has proven to be a fantastic addition to the Jazz.

** the above tweet is sarcasm **

Cardinals In The NBA: October 24th

One of my personal favorite sports began last week, as the NBA began its 72nd season. Make sure to stay tuned to the site as every Tuesday I will be bringing you guys updates on how our former Cardinals are doing in the NBA! *Stats are through games played by 10/23/17

Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves)

MPG (Minutes per game): 13.7

PPG (Points per game): 4.0

APG (Assists per game): 1.3

RPG (Rebounds per game): 3.7

SPG (Steals per game): 0.3

BPG (Blocks per game): 0.0

TPG (Turnovers per game): 1.3

FG%: 30.8

3P%: 33.3

FT%: 60

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Rick Pitino Comments On One And Done Rule

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Rick Pitino has never been shy to share his opinions on the one and done rule that the NCAA and NBA have put in place. It is just not for him. But Coach Pitino has met with Marty Smith with ESPN and mentions that he believes the one and done will be a thing of the past within the next two years. You can see the full interview below.

Louisville Basketball Schedules Pro Day

Rick Pitino

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The University of Louisville Men’s Basketball team has scheduled their very first Pro Day for October 7th as reported by Evan Daniels with It will be divided up into two practices and head coach Rick Pitino has already said they will be extremely athletic practices. He also believes he has 5 or 6 legitimate first round picks coming off this year’s team. The Cards are ranked 6th heading into the season by CBS Sports.


UofL Athletics Sends Supplies To Harvey Victims

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University of Louisville student-athletes will be loading a semi-truck full of Louisville athletic apparel to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Here at Cardinal Sports Zone, our thoughts and prayers are still with everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

UofL Bookstore To Host Donovan Mitchell Autograph Session

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It was announced today that Donovan Mitchell will be at the UofL Bookstore signing autographs on September 16th. The exact time should be announced in the coming days!

Russ Smith Is Not Giving Up On NBA Dream

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Russ Smith had an incredible season this summer in China. He averaged 61.2 points, while adjusting to the rougher style of play. Now he has signed to play in China’s highest league, but his ultimate goal has not changed. He still wants to end up in the NBA. Dennis Chambers with Basketball Insiders sat down with Russ Smith to talk about how life is going.


Top Stories For 9-2-17

Here are the top stories from yesterday, September 2nd, 2017:

Lamar & Louisville Defense Turns Lucas Oil Into Windianapolis

Louisville Uniforms – Game 1

Recruiting Notebook: Romeo, Brown, Days, Simons, Ramey Update

Nunnsense: Playoffs Or Bust?

Why The Chicago Bulls Should Take A Chance On Russ Smith

Anfernee Simons Stock Continues To Rise!!

What UofL Football Means To Me (Katie Goben)

Photo Gallery: Volleyball Upsets #24 WKU in Cardinal Classic

The Barbour Shop: Season’s Greetings

2017 UofL Football Position Breakdowns

The Front Paige: The Dawn of a New Era

My Life & My Team: What Louisville Football Means To Me

Matt Leinart Talks With Lamar Jackson

What’s Left To Prove For Lamar Jackson??

CSZ Staff Makes Their 2017 Season Predictions

CSZ Staff Makes Prediction for the Purdue Game (The Worst)

Make Sure To Check Out The Official Stats Website For Lamar Jackson

College Football Games To Watch – Week 1

UofL Men’s Basketball Announces Exhibition Against Simmons College

Video: Teddy Bridgewater Delivers Inspiring Sideline Interview

2017 UofL Football Depth Chart

Look What You Made Him Do

Why The Chicago Bulls Should Take A Chance On Russ Smith

Russ Smith

It is no secret that the Chicago Bulls are not going to be very good this season. They may actually compete for the worst team in the NBA. Russ Smith on the other hand is coming off a mega season over in China. Ya know, that one where he was averaging 61.9 points a game. Bryce Fields with Real Ball Insiders, wrote about why the Bulls picking up Russ would be a win-win.

Ps. Most of them are reasons UofL fans have been screaming at scouts since our beloved Russ graduated.

UofL Men’s Basketball To Hold NBA Pro Day This Fall

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Rick Pitino announced today that the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball program will hold its first NBA Pro Day this fall. While a date is still up in the air, Pitino does expect to have all 30 NBA teams represented at the workout. With Adel, Spalding and Mahmoud  all being on the draft radar currently, and King, Bowen and Williams expecting to get attention quickly into the season, it makes perfect sense. The Cardinals are projected to have the number 1 schedule again this year and Pitino feels this will give the young Cards an opportunity to get used to that pressure.