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The unlikely success of the Utah Jazz this season has surely turned heads!
Currently sitting in 4th place at 46-33 in the NBA’s Western Conference, the major key to their success this season has been the coaching of Quin Snyder, the dominance of Donovan Mitchell and the defensive prowess of Rudy Gobert.
Averaging 20 points and a shade under 4 rebounds and 4 assists, Donovan Mitchell has been a monster.
The NBA’s reigning Slam Dunk Champion, he is literally a human pinball machine in his rookie year.
A 13th pick in last year’s NBA Draft, Mitchell is doing it big…even surpassing Utah Jazz legend, Karl Malone in January for most 20+ points games during a rookie season when he had his 19th 20+ point game.
And guess what? Mitchell is turning heads; so much so that even hit video game, NBA 2K is paying attention!
“There’s been a lot of guys that have had significant bumps,” NBA 2K’s digital marketing director Ronnie Singh told me on Scoop B Radio.
Better known as Ronnie2K to NBA 2K’s cult following, Singh says that Mitchell is one of a few players whose in-game ratings have gone up drastically because of strong play! “I mean it’s been a great year in the NBA,” he said.
After spending last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Oladipo was involved in the offseason trade that shipped Paul George to OKC. Posting 23 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds this season, Oladipo has been a lightning rod for anything Indiana in his first year with the Pacers. It’s paying off with Indy sitting as a 5th seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile in Houston, Clint Capela is living his best life. This season, Capela became the youngest Rocket since Hakeem Olajuwon to have at least 23 points and 25 rebounds in a game.
For those keeping score at home, Olajuwon did it on Valentines Day in 1985 and he had no heart that day! In that game against the New York Knicks, “The Dream” tallied up just a mere 30 points and 25 rebounds.
As for Capela, by this past Christmas, the Swiss athlete had accumulated 16 double-doubles in 28 games and ranked first in the NBA in field goal percentage.
That’s kind of a big deal!
2K thought so too.
“Those guys have had great seasons,” Ronnie 2K said.
“So it’s important for us to stay dynamic and reward the best players so those 3 have come up.”