Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has since proven that he is a future cornerstone of the Jazz and could even win this season’s Rookie of the Year Award. The Louisville product’s popularity grew further this past weekend when he won the Slam Dunk Contest after besting Larry Nance Jr. of the Cavs in the final round. He was also seen sporting his practice bag with what appeared to be his signature logo, prompting his fan, Nick Allan Jarvis, to create a Spiderman comic book cover with Mitchell starring in it. With how impressive Mitchell’s performances have been this season so far, it not surprising why he is gaining more fans by the day. The comic book cover also goes to show how dedicated some of them are in making artwork for their favorite players. Mitchell has a Twitter handle of “spidadmitchell” which makes it known that he likes to be associated with Spiderman, who could be his favorite comic book hero. It’s unclear if the Jazz rookie has seen the work made by his fan, but it will also be interesting to find out his reaction to it as, clearly, a lot of effort was put in to make the comic book cover look as good as how it turned out.
The Blazers have signed Brandon Rush to a 10-day contract. If he appears in a game with the Blazers, it will be his first game with the team, but he has been with Portland before. He was actually drafted 13th in the 2008 NBA draft before being shipped off to the Indiana Pacers along with Jarrett Jack and Josh McRoberts, for Jerryd Bayless and Ike Diogu. Rush hasn’t lived up to the potential that the Pacers hoped for when they traded for him in 2008, but he has been a serviceable shooter. In his career, he has averaged 22 minutes putting up 6.8 points per game. His best season in the league was in his second year when he played all 82 games and averaged 9.4 points per game and shot over 41 percent from three. For the Trail Blazers, it’s a good flier on a player that could provide some decent shooting off the bench. If he doesn’t perform up to their expectations, they can choose to not resign him after the first ten days, and both sides can be on their separate ways. The former national champion with Kansas, when healthy, could be a valuable two-way player for Portland. However, injuries have derailed his career, having played only 47 games last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. His injury history doesn’t get better even if we dig deeper into his career.
Following the news that was reported about the New York Knicks being one of the teams that have shown interest in signing free agent forward Troy Williams, they have now agreed to terms with him, bringing him to their fold on a 10-day deal. The 23-year-old Indiana product was waived recently by the Rockets to make room for the signing of veteran swingman Joe Johnson. Williams was undrafted back in 2016 but was still signed by the Memphis Grizzlies last season and played 24 games for them. He then went on to prove his worth with the Iowa Energy of the G-League before receiving two call-ups from the Rockets. The 6-foot-7 forward was able to suit up for four games this campaign before eventually being released. Williams’ addition to the Knicks will give them more options in their forward rotation, especially with Kristaps Porzingis already out for the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL earlier this month. It will give him a chance to prove that he deserves the roster spot he will be occupying and that he can be a contributor to the team as the season progresses.
Former San Antonio Spurs Center Tiago Splitter has announced his retirement from basketball at 33-years old. Citing a hip injury he could not bounce back from, Splitter decided to hang up his sneakers after 7-seasons in the NBA. He said: “It’s a decision I’ve made these past few months, it’s not something I want, but my hip injury is more troublesome than we thought. You stop doing something that you’ve been doing all your life. I’ve talked to my family, my wife, everyone, and it’s really time to hang it up”. Drafted by San Antonio in 2007, Splitter played five seasons with the Spurs and helped the franchise win a title in 2014. He was the first Brazilian-born NBA player to win an NBA title. He averaged 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds during his time with the Spurs. After playing with the Spurs, he went on to play with Atlanta and Philadelphia. Beset with injuries in his last two NBA seasons resulted in him only playing 44 games. Splitter was spotted with the Spurs during the 2017 training camp and Head Coach Gregg Popovich did state Tiago has a spot with the franchise if he chooses.