Allen wowed everyone with a few long throws at the end of the 45-minute session, some reaching 80 yards in the air. But the bigger question NFL teams have about Allen is about his accuracy, not his arm strength. He also did his best to address that question in Friday’s session, with some touch throws.
“My feet were really jacked up,” Allen said on the NFL Network about his accuracy issues at Wyoming. “So any time I would miss, my feet were out of whack. They weren’t sequencing correctly. Getting with [personal coach] Jordan Palmer, he was noticing the things I was doing in my stance, my footwork. He was helping me guide that and fix that. Now, I can self-correct. I’ve been working on it a lot.”
Mitchell got off to a slow start, averaging only 9.3 points and shooting an unsightly 32.3 percent from the floor primarily as a reserve in seven October games, but he had established himself as a fixture in the Jazz’s starting lineup by mid-November and as the clear go-to guy soon after.
Mitchell’s reliability in that role was a factor in the franchise’s deadline decision to trade Rodney Hood, a pending restricted free agent who was the top internal candidate to be the offensive focal point after Hayward’s departure.
Girard was acquired from Nashville in early November as part of a three-team trade that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa. Girard had three goals and 17 assists for Colorado in the regular season.
Coach Jared Bednar said Girard is a “big loss for us. We have to move on. The other guys are going to have to pick up the slack.”
Mitchell averaged more than 21 points per game in each month from December on, consistently excelling as the defensive schemes to stop him became more complicated. The coaches’ crash course for Mitchell, who starts at shooting guard and plays some point guard, has advanced into masters-level classes.
“It’s gone from reading his defender and the defender in pick-and-roll to reading the help,” Snyder says after the film session. “It’s deeper — more levels, more things to see.”
“WHAT JUST HAPPENED?” Snyder asks Mitchell a few seconds into a clip of a possession on which the rookie initiated the offense, passed to Ricky Rubio on the wing and spaced the floor as Dante Exum sliced for a layup.