Donovan Mitchell is endearing himself to the people of Salt Lake City and to fans of all persuasions in the NBA. He flashes his charming grin and welcomes strangers almost as if they were family. I think it’s the only time in the history of man many people want to have a Spida as a houseguest.
Mitchell won over UofL fans in his two years here by playing hard on the court and being a man of the people off of it. Whenever he wasn’t busy with classes and practice, you might see him at a UofL baseball game or football game; sometimes alone, sometimes with a teammate or mates. And when he was there, he did not try to hide away beneath a disguise consisting of a lowered ball cap and sun glasses. He was visible and he was welcoming to any fan, young or old, that wished to shake his hand or take a photo with him.
There’s a new word in the dictionary these days…
A year ago, nobody was even sure if Donovan Mitchell had made the right choice by declaring for the NBA draft. Today, we know, he chose wisely. Last night, he joined the set of NBA TV to talk all things draft class, rookie season and he even gave out some words of wisdom to the 2018 draft class.
Donovan Mitchell recently sat down with JJ Redick to discuss all things NBA. How was his draft day experience? Why Donovan is so determined to continue to give back? Take a listen below to find out more!
Donovan Mitchell may have enjoyed a few days in the Bahamas after his rookie season ended, but besides that, he has not slowed down at all. He recently joined Adrian Wojnarowski with Sports Center to discuss his breakout season, learning to be the franchise player and even some free agency talk. Take a listen below.
The people who know the game the best, have spoken. Donovan Mitchell was named “Leader of The New School” (aka Rookie of the Year) by his peers in this year’s Player’s Voice Awards. Now we just wait to see the media follows suit.
Donovan Mitchell had the rookie season most players can only dream of. While he took the league by storm and quickly became the face of the Utah Jazz, it wasn’t enough. He wanted to bring a trophy back to Salt Lake. Below, you will find an open letter he wrote to Jazz fans courtesy of the Players Tribune. As expected, it is wonderful.
Thanks to the Utah Jazz, we can all sit back and watch the awesomeness of Donovan Mitchell’s rookie season. He was also named to the all-rookie first team in the NBA.
Take a look below!
Donovan Mitchell continues to have break out game, after break out game. He has made his mark on the NBA and won over the hearts of Jazz fans in just a few short months. Last night marked another milestone in his early career, Donovan Mitchell has posted 20+ points in each of his last 10 games, marking the longest 20-point streak by a rookie in Jazz history. Keep it up Spida!
Despite taking the NBA by storm, being a Rookie of the Year candidate, and winning the Slam Dunk Contest, Donovan Mitchell still intends on finishing his degree at UofL.
Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune, wrote a feature article about Donovan and how his mother made sure that, in spite of his dislike for academics, he would get a great education.
The day before the NBA Dunk Contest, the Utah Jazz called and offered to pay for Darrell Griffith to come out and watch. While Dr. Dunkenstein couldn’t accept because it was so short notice, he was shocked to see that Donovan Mitchell was wearing his jersey during the contest. It made his evening. Marc Spears with The Undefeated sat down with Darrell Griffith and Donovan Mitchell to talk about their bond and when it all started.
Donovan Mitchell continues to shine in the NBA. He is currently on the cover of SLAM Magazine and he looks mighty comfortable in the spotlight. He talks in the interview with Adam Figman that he knows that all of this can be taken from him in a flash, so he is not letting it get to his head. All Donovan wants is for his Utah Jazz to make it to the playoffs.
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Tonight in Salt Lake City, UT past and present came together as Cards and Jazz Legend Darrell Griffith presented former Card and current Jazz player Donovan Mitchell with his Slam Dunk Championship trophy.
It was an awesome sight to behold for any UofL fan; arguably the greatest player in UofL history and a man whose number hangs in the rafters of the Jazz’s arena, giving love to a former UofL star and a man whose number may one day hang with his.
After the week we UofL fans have had, we deserve this kind of sentimental and wonderful thing. It’s awesome to see two men who are L1C4 to the core get to share a special moment together in a place where one is a legend and one is working on becoming one.
The Utah Jazz announced today that Jazz alumnus Darrell Griffith will make an appearance on Friday, Feb. 23 as the team takes on the Portland Trail Blazers in its first game back from the All-Star Break. Griffith, the first ever Jazz NBA Slam Dunk Contest representative in 1984 and 1985, will also participate in a pre-game recognition honoring Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell for winning the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend. As a tribute to the former Jazz man known as Dr. Dunkenstein, Mitchell wore Griffith’s No. 35 uniform for one of his dunks as he jumped over his sister, comedian Kevin Hart and Hart’s son.
Donny Dunks. Spida. NBA Rookie of the Year. NBA All-Star Dunk Contest Champion. Here is a compilation of his best dunks of the year….so far. Enjoy!
When the creators of NBA 2K put Donovan Mitchell’s dunk rating at a 50/100, we all knew he was being grossly overlooked. After dominating at the All-Star Dunk Contest this weekend, Donovan started a petition to get his score raised, and it worked!
Donovan Mitchell won over Louisville fan’s hearts during his two years as a cardinal. It did not take long for him to win over Utah fans and he continued to win over the rest of the NBA fan base this weekend. Donovan talked to the media about why it was so important for him to include his sister, Jordan, in one of his dunks during the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest.
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Donovan Mitchell is arguably the hottest rookie in the NBA right now. He’s won multiple NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards, played well in the Rising Stars game, is leading all rookies in scoring, and is battling out Ben Simmons for Rookie of the Year.
You can now add NBA Slam Dunk Champion to his ever-growing list of accolades.
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Donovan Mitchell is set to compete in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest tomorrow night as a rookie. WLKY put together a video of some of his best dunks while wearing the UofL uniform. Take a look below!
The 18th school shooting of 2018 happened yesterday in Parkland, Florida. 17 people have fallen victim to this tragedy, and it has brought to everyone’s attention back to the gun violence America is facing. Donovan Mitchell took this tragedy to heart – as his mom is a school teacher. For last night’s game, he simply wrote “Pray for Parkland” and “End gun violence” on his shoes. Donovan has his stage, and he is using it the best he can.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone continue keep the community of Parkland, Florida in our thoughts and prayers.