Utah Jazz: 3 MVP traits of Donovan Mitchell since All-Star break

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports)
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Nobody is playing better these days than Utah Jazz phenom Donovan Mitchell.

Whether their intention or not, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and center Rudy Gobert have continued to expose the lunacy behind Team Durant and Team LeBron picking them dead last at the All-Star Draft back in early March.

But while anyone could make a case for either Mitchell or Gobert as the most valuable weapon in the arsenal for the NBA-leading Jazzmen, the former is the one verifiably beaming with all-around brilliance in recent weeks. Plus, given Gobert’s relative limitations on the glitziest end of the floor, Mitchell’s season stats come closest of the two to mirroring a typical modern-day MVP campaign.

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In just his fourth season since going No. 13 overall out of Louisville at the 2017 NBA Draft, the 24-year-old Mitchell is displaying marked improvement in almost every metric from his first three years as a pro. And that’s certainly saying something considering the native New Yorker had previously attained All-Rookie and All-Star status.

Although his name rarely pops up in the current MVP conservation, which tends to favor big-market players, there’s no denying Mitchell appears to be on a mission to carry the Utah Jazz (39-13) on his back all the way to the promised land.

Maybe the day is a year or more away, but the following three invaluable traits ought to eventually land “Spida” in the NBA MVP discussion…