Report: There is ‘speculation’ around the NBA that market size might matter to Donovan Mitchell

Brad Sullivan
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According to an NBA insider, there is “speculation” around the NBA that Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell might have concerns about the size of the market that he plays in.

Tim MacMahon spoke about the matter.

“I think that it’s a little bit different situation in Salt Lake City with Donovan Mitchell just because there is, I’m gonna say, at least speculation around the league that market size might matter to him,” MacMahon said.

Fellow NBA insider Brian Windhorst pointed out that despite Mitchell being in the midst of another great year on the court, the number of All-Star votes the Jazz star has gotten so far isn’t representative of his performance.

The Jazz play in Salt Lake City and are considered to be in a small market, which is likely a key reason for that voting disparity.

Soon after entering the league in 2017, Mitchell developed into a star in the Jazz backcourt and has averaged at least 20.5 points per game during each season of his career so far.

This season, the 25-year-old Mitchell is averaging 25.5 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. Those numbers would likely garner more attention in markets like New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago.

Yet, given the All-Star voting, it’s clear that Mitchell’s success within the league might not be garnering the type of attention it deserves.

The Jazz are currently 28-11, with Mitchell being a key reason why the team is thriving. However, his future with the organization seems uncertain in the eyes of some people.

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Brad has written on a variety of both NBA and NFL topics and has worked previously as a sports information director at the collegiate level. A lifetime fan of sports, he's witnessed countless great moments in different sports and understands that stories can be compelling from both the perspective of winners and losers. As a frustrated fan of Cleveland sports, he experienced something unprecedented when the Cavaliers won the city's first championship in 52 years.