Utah Jazz rookie guard Donovan Mitchell celebrated an eventual assist to Joe Ingles before the wing actually connected on the long-range shot.
It’s easy to understand why Mitchell expected the shot to go in on Wednesday night. Ingles is 9-for-13 (69.2 percent) on three-pointers after passes from Mitchell during the postseason. It’s a big improvement over their connection during the regular season when Ingles shot 54-for-123 (43.9 percent) after passes from the rookie that led to three-point shot attempts.
Mitchell has found Ingles more often (21.0 percent frequency) than any other player on the Jazz. This led to 53 assists (or 0.7 per game) in the regular season and 1.4 assists per game in the playoffs.
When the rookie has played in isolation but the defense commits and he has passed to a spot-up shooter, teammates are currently averaging 1.21 points per possession. They have also made half their baskets on this play type, which ranks in the top 10 (minimum: 15 possessions) among all players.
The two players have a special bond, which has led to many open buckets for Ingles, who is under contract for three more years with Utah. This duo should only continue to improve the longer they play together.