It looks like Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has finally found his match on the court. Unsurprisingly, it’s Sacramento Kings rookie Davion Mitchell. Probably motivated to prove who is the better D. Mitchell, the Kings youngster locked down the Jazz All-Star in an epic defensive display that left Donovan frustrated.
Very few rookies enter the NBA with a nickname that is both desired and one that immediately sticks, but thus far, Davion "Off Night" Mitchell has lived up to the billing. The No. 9 overall pick of the 2021 NBA Draft was regarded as the best perimeter defender entering the league, and throughout Summer League and preseason, that particular skill set was frequently on display. Mitchell won't play his first NBA game until the Sacramento Kings' season opener on Wednesday, but it's a safe bet that moniker will follow him for the duration of his career.
The Kings hoped they were getting a game-changing defensive stopper when they selected Davion Mitchell with the No. 9 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. That's exactly what they've gotten so far. From the moment he stepped on the floor, Mitchell changed the tempo, tone and tenor of Monday's preseason...
Former Baylor Bears teammates Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler swapped jerseys with each other on Friday after meeting on the court for the first time in the NBA. Mitchell and Butler were teammates for three seasons and helped lead the Bears to the national championship last season. They combined to score 37 points in the title game as Butler was named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player and Mitchell was an All-American.
Jared Butler faced Davion Mitchell on the court plenty of times during practice at Baylor but the Utah Jazz guard admitted it will be rather odd to see him in the NBA. Butler and Mitchell were teammates for three seasons and helped lead the Bears to the national championship last season. They combined to score 37 points in the title game as Butler was named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player and Mitchell was an All-American.
Kings rookie Davion Mitchell is both confident and prepared as the 23-year-old is set to make his NBA debut Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. The rookie guard impressed in Summer League action and the preseason and should provide Sacramento with a boost on defense. Most notably against Blazers...
Sacramento Kings guard Davion Mitchell gets praise for his defensive effort against the Utah Jazz. Still, Sacramento fell to the Jazz 110-101 on October 22, 2021.
Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox said Davion Mitchell one of the five best on-ball defenders in the NBA today. Kings coach Luke Walton has gone a step further, looking back in time to compare his rookie guard to one of the most fearsome defenders the league has ever seen. Mitchell’s...
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At the halfway point of the preseason, one thing is for certain: the Sacramento Kings are playing a very different brand of basketball than last spring. In their victories over the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers this week, they’ve made defense a point of emphasis and Davion Mitchell has been their anchor on that end. As it stands, Mitchell sits atop the league in preseason defensive rating at 78.2.
Sacramento Kings rookie Davion Mitchell entered the NBA draft as a strong defender, but it was his offense on Monday that was on full display in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Mitchell produced a team-high 20 points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes of...
When the Sacramento Kings drafted Davion Mitchell at No. 9 overall, one of the largest questions that loomed over the team remained: how will we see an improvement on defense?. Thus far, the answer has come in the form of Mitchell, a 6’0 bulldog who’s brought out the clamps from the first time he stepped on the Kings’ court in late July, and Monday night’s victory showed promise that Mitchell’s outstanding Summer League performances can and should immediately translate into NBA success.
Davion Mitchell has not yet suited up in an official NBA game, but the Sacramento Kings rookie is already earning lofty comparisons when it comes to his defensive ability. Of course, Mitchell was named the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year last year after averaging 14.1 points, 5.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals at Baylor. He was the first player in program history to also earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Davion Mitchell hasn't logged an NBA minute yet, but the rookie point guard already is making his presence felt on the Kings. The Kings drafted Mitchell with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. General manager Monte McNair and head coach Luke Walton were drawn to the guard's defensive-minded play and winning mentality they believe is engrained in the Baylor product.
Davion Mitchell is a bit of an unusual rookie. Usually when teams are drafting in the lottery, the hope is to find a player at a position of need, or to draft someone young who can be molded into something down the road. Sacramento opted to go in neither of...
For much of the past week, Sacramento Kings rookie Davion Mitchell has drawn the assignment of guarding Tyrese Haliburton in training camp. The two have seen plenty of each other, so much so that Haliburton is tired of seeing him in practice. Haliburton and the Kings started training camp last...
Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox had high praise for rookie teammate Davion Mitchell after watching him do his thing on defense in a 113-98 preseason win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night at Staples Center. Fox said Mitchell is already one of the top five on-ball defenders in...
Davion Mitchell will have an integral role in the Kings' rotation, but the No. 9 overall draft pick still is getting his bearings as he sets out on his first NBA training camp. "Getting to know everyone, getting to play with different people, different lineups," Mitchell told reporters Wednesday. "It's...