Donovan Mitchell has bounce. There was that one play in Cleveland Saturday night where Jeff Green switched on the rookie guard as he threw down a two-handed jam off a spin move at 8:53 in the fourth quarter. Oh yeah, and that lob he caught from Joe Ingles where he changed hands in the air to finish an alley-oop against the Los Angeles Clippers. Or the nasty putback dunk he soared through the air to cram in against the L.A. Lakers. He also threw down a driving power dunk, a la Dominique Wilkins, on a recent road trip to Chicago. Yes, it’s early, but if the opportunity presented itself, the NBA’s top-scoring rookie is open to the idea of possibly competing in this year’s Slam Dunk Contest. It’s certainly not on his mind every day, as the Jazz are in the midst of a brutal road stretch, but All-Star Weekend is set for Feb. 16-18 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. That’ll be here in no time. “It would be great, but I haven’t paid any attention to that whatsoever,” Mitchell said. “Not even the whole weekend. That’s not even been on my head at all. “People bring it up, but I don’t even like to entertain it,” he added. “I just focus on the task at hand.” It would be hard to imagine him not being picked for the NBA Rising Stars Game on Friday, Feb. 16, when the top rookies and second-year players compete in a USA against the World format. Mitchell currently leads all rookies in scoring with 18.1 points per game, but has also headlined ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays with some vicious dunks. The only other Jazzman to win the NBA dunk contest was Jeremy Evans in 2012. DeShawn Stevenson, Jamie Watson, David Benoit, Blue Edwards and Mitchell’s mentor Darrell Griffith were other Jazz participants.
Donovan Mitchell open to idea of competing in NBA Dunk Contest
Deseret News | Dec 18