Jazz notes: Can Donovan Mitchell play point guard? what’s happening during break before season starts

12 Oct , 2017 Sports

SALT LAKE CITY — One of the main questions surrounding 6-foot-3 Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell since he was selected 13th overall in last June’s draft has been whether or not he has the ball skills to be a point guard or if he’d play primarily shooting guard.

With the likely long term injury to Dante Exum (there was still no official update on him at Thursday’s practice), that question has become an even more burning one, as Mitchell has otherwise shown he’s capable of playing significant minutes in his first season.

While acknowledging that Mitchell does need to continue to improve in areas typically assigned to point guards, head coach Quin Snyder said Thursday that he wants the former Louisville Cardinal to not pay too much mind to which of the two guard positions he is playing.

“I think Donovan has a unique ability to score the basketball, and we want Donovan— the dialogue there that I’ve had with Donovan—is just be a guard,” Snyder said.

Part of being a guard, Snyder said, does mean having ball skills and thinking about how to set his teammates up, but it also includes things such as developing a floater.

“He doesn’t have to be playing (point …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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