Mitchell built a reputation in a short time as a clutch player and came to Utah when they needed him most. We saw this in the last two Donovan, but it wasn’t enough to push Jazz deep into the knockouts. Mitchell averaged six points in the fourth quarter of this year, but the Jazz has continued to fall in the rankings since January.
Going into the season, many didn’t think the Jazz could match last year’s No. 1 seed with another seed, and they didn’t. Utah has gone from a strong foothold in the 3rd seed to face Denver for the 5th seed in the West. I don’t blame Mitchell entirely, but the stars show up night after night, carrying their team through the bad times.