Utah Jazz: Top question marks heading into the season

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 2: Dante Exum #11 of the Utah Jazz dunks the ball against the Houston Rockets in Game Two of Round Two of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 2: Dante Exum #11 of the Utah Jazz dunks the ball against the Houston Rockets in Game Two of Round Two of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – APRIL 15: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz dunks two points against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of a NBA playoff game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 15, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Donovan Mitchel; /

Can Donovan Mitchell take the leap into Superstardom?

Who’s ready for year two of Spida Mitchell?! I know I am.

Donovan Mitchell isn’t going to take anybody by surprise this next season. Not after averaging 20 points a game as a rookie, scoring over 30 points five times and over 40 points twice. Not after helping to lead the Jazz to the playoffs, and leading the team to a victory over OKC where he outplayed the reigning MVP Russell Westbrook.

For most NBA players, their sophomore season is their coming out party. If Mitchell hasn’t come out yet, I can’t even imagine what he has in store for Jazz fans next season.

While Mitchell had a Rookie of the Year-worthy season, there were definite areas for improvement. The first will be as a playmaker. He had a turnover ratio of 1.35, which was one of the worst among qualifying guards (at least 50 games played and 20 minutes per game). Mitchell showed the ability to make some incredible passes last year, but he’ll need to use the attention he draws and his ability to get to the basket as a way to better create for his teammates.

The next will be in his efficiency as a scorer. Can Mitchell improve as an off-the-bounce 3-point shooter? Can he start to get the benefit of the whistle and increase his free throw attempts per game?

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Both of the above will be a big factor in whether Mitchell can average upwards of 25 points a game, and take a leap into superstardom.