Though many might be surprised at how quickly Jazz rook…

Though many might be surprised at how quickly Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell has exceled, Rockets guard Chris Paul said he “absolutely” expected Mitchell’s rapid success when Mitchell was at his camp and advised him to make the jump to the NBA. Mitchell, the 13th player in the draft when the Jazz dealt Trey Lyles and the 24th pick to move up, has averaged 17.2 points per game, 20.2 since the start of November. The Jazz are 10-6 with Mitchell starting; 3-6 with him coming off the bench. “He was thinking about going to school,” Paul said. “I told some of the people at CAA and Donovan, ‘You’d be crazy to go back to school.’ What I want for him is to keep taking it one day at a time, don’t get ahead of yourself. He loves the game. He has a great work ethic. And he can play.”
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