Last season, Utah Jazz rookie, Donovan Mitchell, took the league by storm with his mesmerizing dunks and innate scoring ability. He scorched opposing teams with a scoring average of 20.5 — leading all rookies — and helped propel the Jazz to the second round of the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
Though they were ousted by James Harden and the Houston Rockets, Mitchell received a bevy of gems from one of the game’s leading savants, Kobe Bryant. “It was in the middle of the playoff series and I finally mustered up the courage to ask him a bunch of questions about… his process from year one to year two, his expectations, what he saw in me and whatnot. We got to talking and talked a bunch of times [since] but that first time was very nerve-racking,” Mitchell tells Billboard.
Not only did Mitchell gain a ton of knowledge from the former Lakers virtuoso, he also joined forces with his basketball idol. Today, exclusively on Billboard, Mitchell announces his partnership with BodyArmor, a sports drink designed to help replenish the body of crucial vitamins and electrolytes.