When it comes to the game of Utah Jazz superstar guard Donovan Mitchell, there isn’t much not to like. But Mitchell wants to ramp up his play on the defensive side of the ball.
In fact, Mitchell wants to become an elite defender.
“For me, the biggest thing is just to get back to my roots. The biggest thing is to elevate my defense, to get back to what got me drafted,” Mitchell said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune’s Andy Larsen.
“I think that’s one thing I’ve prided myself on, and I think (USA head coach Gregg Popovich) has really put that in my head as well.”
If Mitchell, who is an elite offensive weapon, can improve defensively, the Jazz will be an even bigger threat in a stacked Western Conference next season.
Rockets Signing Thabo Sefolosha
The Houston Rockets are signing veteran small forward Thabo Sefolosha to a one-year deal at the veteran minimum, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen.
Sefolosha spent the last two seasons playing for the Utah Jazz, and it likely going to be a depth piece for the Rockets this upcoming season.
Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis Aiming for Defensive Player of the Year
Dallas Mavericks’ big man Kristaps Porzingis is set to finally return to the court after nearly a two-year layoff due to injury, and he has some big goals in mind when he dons a Mavericks uniform for the very first time since his trade from the New York Knicks.
In a post on his Instagram account, Porzingis asked his followers to ask him anything, and responded to one fan in particular, who asked if he would rather be All-NBA Third Team or the All-Defensive team.
Porzingis simply stated: “All Defensive! DPOY is a goal of mine!!”
Porzingis tore his ACL during the 2017-2018 season, while he was still playing with the Knicks, so it will be interesting to see what kind form Porzingis takes the court.
Mavericks’ Mark Cuban Planning to Discuss Part-Ownership with Dirk Nowitzi
Even though his playing career is officially over, there are still plans for Dirk Nowitzki to be a part of the Dallas Mavericks in a big way.
According to DallasBasketball’s Mike Fisher, the greatest Mav to ever take the court may be taking a part-owner role with the organization, if Mark Cuban has his way.
Per the report, Cuban would “absolutely” love to have Nowitzki on board as part-owner of the team.
“I’ll have the convo with Dirk in the future. There is a lot of things involved to make it all work. But it would be awesome,” Cuban said in an interview with Fisher.
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