From the NBA, Donovan Mitchell, what a Year He’s Had!

At Nellakir the team like to acknowledge real effort and focus – and this year Donovan Mitchell is a leading contender amongst the current NBA crop of potential All NBA Players. Nellakir are Victoria and Tasmania’s leading professionals in the installation and maintenance of all sports flooring, specifically FIBA approved timber sports flooring.

Read here about the rise of Donovan Mitchell:

(extract from SBNation article by Adam Bushman1)

Are “All-NBA” honors in the cards for Donovan Mitchell?

Donovan Mitchell’s tear since the All-Star break is putting him in serious contention for his first career All-NBA selection.

Donovan Mitchell celebrates a second consecutive rout of the Memphis Grizzlies, putting up 30+ in both outings. Photo by Jeff Swinger /NBAE via Getty Images.




Donovan Mitchell celebrates a second consecutive rout of the Memphis Grizzlies, putting up 30+ in both outings Photo by Jeff Swinger/NBAE via Getty Images.

BREAKING NEWS

Last weekend a severe breakout of arachnophobia took place in downtown Salt Lake City. Over a two night period, “Spida” Mitchell slung 70 points on just 40 shots to tie up the Memphis Grizzlies in consecutive losses.

From opening tip, Donovan Mitchell was aggressive and decisive. He had every shot in his arsenal dialed in. His passes countered every defensive adjustment. He even showed what he’s capable of on defense.

He ended the two game stretch with the following average stat line:

35.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks, 3.5 turnovers on 77.3% TS

Relieve the best moments of what some have dubbed Mitchell’s second best regular season outing on Saturday night:

Honestly, what Donovan’s play is nothing new—as long as you’ve paid attention to the Utah Jazz since the All-Star break.

SLC Dunk’s own Calvin Chappell summarized beautifully the elite play Utah is getting from their leading All-Stars since the big game.

It’s pretty clear the spida-senses are tingling.

With what is easily Mitchell’s best campaign of his career in tow for the home stretch of the season, you have to wonder if Donovan merits consideration for an All-NBA selection (a recognition far more prestigious than an All-Star appearance if you think about it).

Let’s learn from the past few seasons what standards are needed to build Mitchell’s campaign, evaluate the competition, and pinpoint any areas of focus for the final 27 games of the season.

The Campaign

All-NBA selections are conducted by a large panel of media members across the world. Unlike the All-Star selection, no direct fan, player, nor coaching input is permitted. Such a format is inherently taken more seriously and scrutinized more deeply.

However, even in sportswriter and broadcaster circles you’ll find a spectrum of traditional and progressive approaches to basketball analysis. While many will certainly cite FiveThirtyEight’s RAPTOR and ESPN’s RPM as a medium to measure impact, most will undoubtedly adhere to the traditional stat line, a measure of efficiency, and team performance.

Therefore, we’ll concentrate our comparison with the same data points (though adjusted to per 75 possession averages to account for playing time and team pace of play).

See the below comparison for Donovan Mitchell’s 2020-21 season to the past 18 All-NBA selected guards:

Analytical comparison between Mitchell and the past 3 year All-NBA guards Stats via Basketball Reference, Adam Bushman, SLC DUnk.

The graphic above plots the range of each statistical category. Points, for example, ranged from a minimum of 16.9 by Ben Simmons last season to a maximum of 36.2 by James Harden the same year.

25%tile, average (or 50%tile), and 75%tile were also added to give perspective of where Donovan’s stats lie compared to the data distribution. The above may look vaguely like a number line or be attempting a box and whisker plot. That’s the exact idea, except with some more intuitive design.

Back to the data.

Mitchell meets the minimum “thresholds” for every category throughout the 18 guard sample. In fact, outside of assists, he’s virtually at or above the 25%tile in every category, with points and team win % pacing above average.

Take a look below at the entire list:

Raw data for the past 18 All-NBA guard selections across per 75 possession Points, Rebounds, Assists, TS%, and Team Win % Stats via NBA.com, Adam Bushman, SLC Dunk

Not one player from the sample was above average in every category. It is important, however, to exceed average in 2-3 categories (13 selections exceed average in two categories, 7 selections in three).

Donovan Mitchell hits on two categories. Sadly, there’s no time to approach average on a third category. But there is still more to be done (more on that later).

The jist: Donovan certainly belongs in the All-NBA talk.

The Competition

While clearly deserved for consideration, Donovan Mitchell isn’t the only play vying for a coveted spot on an All-NBA team.

All-NBA is comprised of three teams, each comprised of a five-man “starting lineup”. These teams require two guards, two forwards, and a center. That leaves just six opportunities for Mitchell to best the likes of Harden, Curry, Doncic, Lillard, and the like.

Donovan Mitchell guards fellow All-Star Damian Lillard on the first game of the NBA season for both teams Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Talk about a tough task.

The current list of NBA guards who meet the 25%tile in points (25.6 per 75) and meet the 25%tile in one other category of rebounds (4.9 per 75), assists (6.8 per 75), or TS% (0.586) with a minimum of 1,000 minutes played is 10:

Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard, Luka Doncic, Stepen Curry, Zach LaVine, Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, Trae Young, and Jaylen Brown.

If the criteria is relaxed to 24-4-5-0.550, add 5 more players.

If the criteria is relaxed further to 22-3-4-0.52, add 3 additional players.

Thus far, 18 players. Ben Simmons, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul were all selected last season and missed the list of 18. Add them to the list you’re at 21 players…for 6 spots.

Filtering out players whose role won’t warrant All-NBA selection (Jordan Clarkson and Norman Powell, for example) and players whose team performance excludes them from consideration (De’Aaron Fox and Collin Sexton, for example), we’re left with 15 players.

Lillard, Harden, Doncic, and Curry are clear locks, leaving 2 spots for 11 players.

Let’s exclude Westbrook and Paul. Both are having worse years than last year and have teammates with better cases (via the above methodology) for All-NBA.

9 players left and it is TRICKY!

Phoenix Suns v Utah JazzDonovan Mitchell defends Devin Booker much like he’s working to secure an All-NBA spot. Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

There’s no right answer at this point. Beal and LaVine have had better seasons than Mitchell, but far worse teams. Booker, Brown, Tatum, and Young have had the same season as Mitchell with mixed team results.

Irving and Simmons have similar team results and have a good case for a better season. As it stands, they likely get those last spots.

The Home Stretch

With so many future Hall of Fame guards in their prime around the league in Harden, Lillard, Curry, and Doncic, there are so few opportunities to make an All-NBA team. Stack that up with the highest season in frequency of volume scorers, there isn’t even elbow room in line for your turn.

Donovan’s best shot at an All-NBA team hinges on an appreciation for team success. As the favorite to finish with the league’s best record, the Utah Jazz success as a team may be the only weight that can tip the scales in his favor.

He can, however, ensure that he’s competitive across the board and that means getting four categories above the 25%tile, a feat accomplished by 10 of the 18 guards in the sample.

He needs just 0.3% in True Shooting efficiency and to keep his rebounds above 4.9 per 75. Assists will be tougher given that he’s 0.9 per 75 below the necessary mark.


Donovan Mitchell’s season isn’t just All-NBA worthy, it’s been one of the best seasons of franchise history and from a player in his 4th NBA season.

What an absolute treasure we have in Utah. Paired with Rudy Gobert (a perennial lock for one of the All-NBA teams having been selected 3 out of the past 4 years), the Utah Jazz are setup for incredible seasons for years to come.

Memphis Grizzlies v Utah JazzDonovan Mitchell warms up. Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Donovan is hitting his stride, but at 24 years old, he’s still got a good 3 years ahead of him before his prime, at such a time when Harden is 34, Curry is 36, and Dame is 33.

Mitchell’s time is coming, be it this year or those upcoming.

Soon the entirety of the NBA will live in fear—not just the Memphis Grizzlies.


Champion players, whether in NBA, NBL or Super Netball, all hone their skills on premium timber sports flooring. Nellakir have installed sports flooring in Victoria now for over 25 years with stadiums such as the Victorian Netball and Hockey Centre, the Victorian State Basketball Stadium in Knox and a range of metropolitan and regional stadiums such as the Bendigo, Casey, Eagle (Werribee) and Keilor facilities all featuring FIBA approved  Nellakir timber sports flooring.

As well as installation, Nellakir offer a premium maintenance program for all timber sports flooring in Victoria and Tasmania. Line marking, Recoating, Resurfacing, general repairs and other annual maintenance are carried out in a timely and professional fashion by Nellakir’s expert teams of flooring technicians. When required Re-Sanding is also undertaken.

For premium care of all sprung timber sports flooring Nellakir offer programmed professional court cleaning and regular maintenance of all removable stadium seating.

Call now on 039467 6126 to book a free no-obligation consultation with one of Nellakir’s sports flooring technicians to ascertain both current court condition and to plan a cleaning and maintenance program with the leading sports flooring experts in Victoria and Tasmania. Alternatively leave your details here for a prompt reply.

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Book now for Summer Break Timber Sports Flooring Maintenance

Times have changed. No longer do kids have to play the game on an uneven and risky asphalt court. The Government has constructed a purpose built, multi-discipline sports stadium at your school with a fabulous sprung timber sports floor. It ensures the very best surface for premium competition and is well used during school hours. After hours it is extremely popular with local basketball, netball and volleyball competitions. In essence it is a popular facility. Weekends see adult competitions and junior grades all enjoying the games of the hoop.

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Nellakir constructed the Sports Flooring for the State Basketball Centre

Which all makes for real wear and tear – timber is a ‘living’ material. It requires regular treatment so ensure it maintains bounce and surface regularity. Line markings probably need re-doing on a busy court at least once a year. The surface of the court has a specialist coating of polyurethanes that enable the glide, the speed and reliability players depend upon in all levels of competition. On busy court surfaces this needs re-coating annually.

Nellakir has constructed and laid down many of the better known Basketball Stadium floors, including the State Basketball Centre in Knoxfield, the Casey Stadium in Dandenong, Eagle Stadium in Werribee and are currently completing works on the Bendigo Stadium. As well, Nellakir constructed the feature sprung timber courts at the State Netball Centre in Royal Park.

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Sprung Timber Sports Floors at Eagle Stadium, constructed by Nellakir

Nellakir provides precision designed timber flooring and state of the art stadium seating. And it is for this reason that it’s the best decision to engage Nellakir for the precision upkeep and maintenance of your valued asset, on all your sprung timber floored competition courts and flooring.

Nellakir can revitalise your flooring with a full re-sanding, re-coating, linemarking and replacement of worn or damaged flooring. It requires real understanding and expertise to maintain a balance across the whole court area of the old and new when timber flooring is ever replaced. Alternatively it may now be time to consider a complete refurbishment of the existing flooring, through re-stumping and re-laying a new floor. Nellakir offer the very best options in Victoria and Tasmania.

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State Netball Centre Sprung Timber Court Flooring by Nellakir

Book now to ensure your Sports Flooring or Sprung Timber Flooring is maintained correctly. Nellakir can provide all maintenance services conveniently over the Christmas/New Year Summer break for all schools and sporting clubs.

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Sports Floor Maintenance and Timber Floor Construction Projects

Nellakir has started the year with a large number of programmed maintenance contracts on existing sprung timber flooring.

The most notable of these were the following projects, which all involved sanding and a full refurbishment of existing floors.

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At Hume Secondary College the Nellakir team has completed works on the foyer reception area.

And the Booroondara Sports Complex in North Balwyn has seen the refurbishment and hard sanding of the four competition Basketball/Netball Courts. Deakin University in Geelong has also been refurbished with two Basketball Courts, Squash Courts and the main stage area of the hall facility all undergoing a full timber refurbishment program, including sanding.

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Finally at Thornbury High School, the Gymnasium, Sports Courts and meeting room timber flooring have all undergone a full refurbishment.

Nellakir have also been engaged to provide sprung timber flooring on a number of major building projects that have already commenced or are about to commence.

These include:

The Bendigo Sports Stadium
– 4 Basketball Courts added
– Fairbrother builders

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The Electra Community Centre Extension, Ashwood
– Works in the studio area of the Calisthenics Hall
– Refurbishment and sanding
– Ducon Building Services
– Commencing March 2017

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St Kevins College, Tooronga
– Sports Pavillion, Eastern Pavillion
-Works on Gym, Minor Court area with markings
– Twoconstruct Builders

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MGGS
– Basketball/Netball Court (single)
– Commencing late January
– Kane Constructions

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