Steph Curry called Sacramento Kings guard Davion Mitchell an ‘offensive assassin’ after the Golden State Warriors faced the Kings on Sunday night.
The Warriors won the game, 119-107, moving Golden State to 3-0 on the season and dropping the Kings to 1-2.
And while Mitchell has turned heads with his defensive prowess early this season, Curry watched Mitchell score 22 points off the bench. While Mitchell made a big defensive impact in his first two games, he had only scored five combined points until Sunday’s outburst.
“All that hype about his defense, that man was an offensive assassin tonight,” Curry said after the game. “So, sure, he had that in the tank. But, he has a knack for on-ball presence. Obviously, the way that we play, you have to do both. So I’m sure he felt a little bit of that. But, just the confidence of a guy coming into his third game in the league like, you know, he’s got a lot of room to grow. But you could definitely tell he has all the tools in the kit to be a defensive stopper. (He’s) just a pest out there in the best of ways.”
Mitchell has already received high praise from one of the NBA’s top offensive players — Utah guard Donovan Mitchell. The Kings opened the season against the Jazz and Davion Mitchell drew the All-Star on defense. One clip of Davion Mitchell defending Donovan Mitchell went viral.
Donovan Mitchell made it clear he already had respect for the rookie’s defense.
“He is as advertised,” Donovan Mitchell said after that game.
Mitchell helped Baylor to the national championship in April and was the Kings’ first-round pick. In Mitchell, the Kings took the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.
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