Jazz trade with Nuggets to get No. 13 pick Donovan Mitchell
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 21:12
The New York native averaged 15.6 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, 2.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game during his second season under Rick Pitino.
The only pick the organization kept was the 55th, which it used to select Gonzaga point guard Nigel Williams-Goss. He was selected to the 2017 All-ACC First Team by the league coaches and media as well as the All- ACC Defensive Team.
\He will wear jersey #45 for the Jazz.
As Trey Lyles traversed the country in the months leading up to the 2015 National Basketball Association draft, there was something that stuck out about his trip to the Rocky Mountains.
The Jazz were looking for shooting and moved up in the draft to grab Mitchell.
"Tony is a unique specimen", Lindsey said.
Mitchell wasn't expected to fall to the Jazz at No. 24, so general manager Dennis Lindsey did what he does best, made a few phone calls, and went and got the man they wanted.
Lyles, 21, was the No. 12 overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Kentucky. 30 and 42 to the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade.
"The more important thing ... is the defensive end", Mitchell said in May. He's only 21, the same age as numerous guys who went (in the draft Thursday).
Mitchell also has a message for Gordon Hayward, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
Lydon led Syracuse in rebounding (8.6 per game) and ranked second in scoring (13.2 points per game) last season and brings another physical presence to the Nuggets' front court.
Utah earned the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs and returned to the post-season for the first time since 2012 with a 51-31 record.