UTAH JAZZ, MALAYSIA — My first thought before this last Utah Jazz Summer League tips off, who is going to guard Jayson Tatum? He is NBA-ready and he played so well in the past two summer league games, averaged 22.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.0 steals, with 51.4 FG% and 25 3P%. My first option was Dante Exum, but Donovan Mitchell is the one who guarded Tatum. And the good news is, he did a good job.
Tatum had 12 points and 12 rebounds during a 65-68 loss to Utah Jazz on Thursday in Utah Jazz Summer League’s last game. Although his shooting form did not go well, but he proves that he has too much for Jazz to handle. When it came down to Iso-Tatum moment, Tatum used his size and height to score at the low post. He has a lot of tools with him and his fade-away shoot would let you think of Dirk Nowitzki. Tatum’s footwork is fundamental and I believe he can contribute a lot for the Boston Celtics when the season is coming up.
But Tatum was struggling and frustrating. Facing someone higher than you, Mitchell never quit but keep trying to lock Tatum down. Not to mention he got a pretty steal and Tatum was called for foul, trying to stop Mitchell from behind. Mitchell wasn’t take much shots in this game, but his defensive plays are big, and he can become much more better in defending opponents in future.
The Jazz used a late fourth-quarter rally to erase a Celtics lead and capture a victory, before all of them head to Las Vegas to start the big summer league. Exum had 16 points and 4 assists, while Mitchell, Julian Wright, Tony Bradley and Eric Griffin finished with 8 points apiece as Jazz won the final summer league game in Utah.
Abdel Nader led the Celtics with 17 points, while Jabari Bird and Ante Zizic scored 9 points each.
Jazz: Mitchell can average 3.3 steals per game…Jazz got 7 offensive rebounds…Jazz shot 3 of 15 on 3s for total.
Celtics: Celtics made 19 turnovers…Zizic had 7 rebounds and 3 blocks.