Donovan Mitchell-SG-Louisville
Size: 6’3 215lbs

Donovan Mitchell

Strengths:

  • Well-built frame
  • Takes contact well
  • Leaping ability
  • Wingspan
  • Improved jumper
  • Great defender
  • High character

Analysis: Donovan Mitchell is an undersized two-guard but is a strong man with a well-built frame. That strong frame allows him to absorb contact at the rim and complete difficult finishes. At 6’3 Mitchell is small but his 6’10 wingspan helps ease scouts minds. He posted a 36½” no-step vertical at the NBA Combine and is especially explosive off of two feet. Mitchell’s unique physical profile gives him outstanding potential as a versatile scorer in both the half-court and in transition. He has long strides and is shifty and does an excellent job of powerfully changing speeds on his way to the basket. Mitchell can cover a lot of ground and with his length and he finish over the top of defenders and mix in creative finishes at the basket. His perimeter shot has improved with practice, increasing his percentage from 25% to 35% during his time at Louisville. His mechanics in his shooting stroke are solid, which should help him become a better shooter at the NBA level. The best part of Mitchell’s game is easily his defense–By the end of his second year at Louisville, he established himself as a multi-positional stopper who a coach can put on point guards, shooting guards and even some small forwards. Mitchell has outstanding physical tools to be a lockdown defender, with his elite length, strong frame and quick feet. His instincts are unquestioned, averaging 2.6 steals per 40-minutes. Despite being short for the average two-guard, his 6’10” wingspan is difficult for opposing guards to shoot over, and he does an exemplary job of using his quickness and strength to stay in front of his man. Mitchell’s intangibles are promising as well, and he will likely give NBA teams confidence in his ability to continue improving and reach his full potential.

Weaknesses:

  • Small for 2-guard
  • Plays too fast at times
  • Consistency in jump shot
  • Shot selection
  • Overall offensive game needs work

Analysis: We have already gone over Mitchell’s size as a potential detriment, but his wingspan helps ease NBA front offices minds. Offensively, he doesn’t get all the way to the rim as one might expect, as shown by his low two-point field goal percentage (46%) and below average free throw rate (4 attempts per-40), especially when operating against strong defenses. He made strides as a playmaker in his sophomore season and operating out of the pick and roll. However, he still plays too fast at times, not always reading the defense and making the simple play. He also lacks the ideal height and court vision to see over the top of the defense, especially with bigger opponents guarding him. Even though he has improved as a shooter, Mitchell is still a streaky shooter, mostly due to his subpar shot-selection.

NBA Comparison: Malcolm Brogdon

Draft Projection: Top 15

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