One look at Davion Mitchell's stat line in the Kings' 110-101 loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday night would indicate that the rookie had a bad game.
But Mitchell's impact goes beyond the stat sheet.
In his first regular-season game in front of Kings fans at Golden 1 Center, Mitchell put on a defensive clinic against the Jazz, and specially, against star guard Donovan Mitchell.
At one point early in the second quarter, the Kings' rookie played lockdown defense on the two-time NBA All-Star, ripped the ball from his hands and started a fast break the other way that resulted in a lob pass to Terence Davis for a layup.
Davion said GIVE ME THAT 😤 pic.twitter.com/WscO8uNj6B— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) October 23, 2021
In 32 minutes off the bench against the Jazz, Mitchell went 1-of-8 from the field and 0-of-4 from 3-point range. He split his two free throws and finished with three points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds. He was a minus-11 in the nine-point loss.
Despite Mitchell's lackluster night on offense, coach Luke Walton liked what he saw from the 2021 No. 9 overall draft pick.
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