Mitchell defeated Larry Nance Jr. in the final round of Saturday's Verizon Slam Dunk, scoring 98 of a possible 100 on his two final-round dunks.
Both finalists leaned heavily on history in the competition, with Nance taking a pass from his father on one dunk and wearing his dad's jersey while duplicating one of his winning jams from 1984 on another, while Mitchell wore both a Vince Carter throwback jersey and a retro uniform for Jazz great (and fellow Louisville alum) Darrell "Dr. Dunkenstein" Griffith, complete with too-tight short shorts. Mitchell remains the favorite for the Rookie of the Year Award, averaging 19.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.3 three-pointers and 1.5 steals through 55 games, and his win here won't hurt his case at season's end.
Mitchell tallied seven points (3-10 FG, 1-6 3Pt), seven assists, two rebounds, five steals and two blocks across 23 minutes during Team USA's 155-124 loss to Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge.
The rookie couldn't quite find the net on a consistent basis, although he did manage a team-high number of assists and steals. Mitchell headed into the All-Star break in the midst of a torrid stretch, as he'd averaged 25.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steal over 38.0 minutes in his last four games while putting up a whopping 24.3 shot attempts. The 21-year-old has been a pivotal component of a Jazz offense that's increasingly surprised with its firepower as the season has unfolded. Given that he's already well established as the team's most consistent scoring weapon by a fairly wide margin -- and that former position mate Rodney Hood is no longer around to compete for playing time -- Mitchell's fantasy value should remain at near-elite levels as Utah continues to battle for playoff positioning.
Mitchell accounted for 24 points (10-24 FG, 4-11 3Pt), seven assists and four rebounds across 38 minutes in Wednesday's 107-97 win over the Suns.
With Ricky Rubio (hip) out for a third consecutive contest, Mitchell once again took his usage to another level, comfortably leading the Jazz in shot attempts on the night. That helped lead to Mitchell's fourth consecutive 20-point effort, which have all come in games in which he's put up the ball up over 20 times. The spectacular rookie had seen a two-game offensive downturn earlier in the month while battling an illness, but given the sheer volume of shots he's generating at the moment, he's highly likely to continue churning out his current level of production.
Mitchell registered 25 points (9-28 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in 38 minutes Monday as Utah was victorious over San Antonio.
Mitchell has eclipsed the 20-point threshold in three straight games following back-to-back games with single-digit scoring totals. The Jazz have won 10 straight games and Mitchell is a big reason why. The rookie sensation is averaging close to 20 points-per-game on the season and demonstrates his scoring prowess on a nightly basis. His offensive game has no glaring weakness and fantasy owners who hopped on the train early should be enjoying the ride.
Mitchell collected 27 points (10-24 FG, 2-5 3PT, 5-5 FT), six rebounds and two assists in a 115-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Mitchell started the month with a 40-point effort but appeared to be in a slump when he scored just 11 combined points in his next two games. Since then, he has at least 25 points in back-to-back games, as that small stretch was just a minor shooting slump. The role is going to keep Mitchell an elite fantasy option too, as he's averaging over 33 minutes played and 16 shots a game since the opening month.
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