It was reported on Thursday that Donovan Mitchell had as a matter of fact been exchanged, not to the New York Knicks as recently reputed yet to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It’s easy to dismiss the news that it has to do with the Milwaukee Bucks because it doesn’t affect the Bucks but it does. While the NBA hasn’t made much out of division alignment in the NFL or MLB it is still a factor in scheduling where relevance comes from.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers are both in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference alongside the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls.
Trading Donovan Mitchell to the Cavaliers means the Milwaukee Bucks will face the Western Conference twice a year as a member of the Utah Jazz who will now four times this season as an individual from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Bucks and the facelifted Cavaliers will be well known at the start of the season, with two matchups in Milwaukee on November 16 and 25 .
The Cavaliers traded several first-round picks and swaps, in addition to three players, Colin Sexton, Laurie Markkanen, and 2022 first-round pick Milwaukee-born Ochai Agbaji (a pick interested in trading for the Milwaukee Bucks).
Colin Sexton is a solid player and I have to admit that I was glad to see Markkannan go because his size was effectively blocking Chris Middleton when the Bucks and Cavaliers came into play.
What does the Cavaliers mean for Donovan Mitchell in a one-on-one matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks? This means that Jew Holiday, Grayson Allen, Wesley Matthews, George Hill and Jevon Carter have more work to do on the defensive.
Cleveland had an All-Star last season with Darius Garland, who was paid off this summer, and now Donovan Mitchell who’s been a perennial All-Star and has some pretty strong playoff moments, though it’s not. amount was not.
In 10 games as an individual from the Jazz against the Milwaukee Bucks, Donovan Mitchell found the middle value of 26.2 places, 4.7 helps, and 3.8 bounce back.
While his field objective rate is a somewhat low 40.1 percent in those 10 games, Mitchell’s 3-point rate is generally something very similar at 40%.
The last time the Bucks and Jazz played against each other, noted Donovan Mitchell and Jew Holiday, each scored 29 on 10 scored field goals, although this included 32 field goal attempts for Mitchell, including 17.
Mitchell finished the matchup on March 14 with 29 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Jury Holiday finished with 29 places, seven helps, four bounce back and five takes.
Giannis Antetokounmpo also scored 30 points and received 15 rebounds as the Bucks won the contest 117–111 and their first win in Utah since 2001.
The Cleveland Cavaliers traded it and a bit of depth to make him their first-round draft pick, but maintained a strong starting lineup that also included Evan Mobley, who completed second in the 2022 Rookie of the Year casting a ballot.
After seeing Rahe and Jarrett Allen, Mitchell and Rudy Gobert in Utah, there’s no doubt that Donovan Mitchell will make the Cavaliers better than the big guys.
The Milwaukee Bucks are as yet the group to beat in the Central Division until additional notification, because of the best player in the NBA Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Yet the option of Donovan Mitchell is a move that carries the Cavaliers nearer to the top groups in the Eastern Conference, and presents the Bucks a new challenge in their mission to get back to the NBA Finals and seek another title.