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Davion's defense already getting attention of NBA peers

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Davion Mitchell has only played in two NBA games for the Kings, but his trademark calling card already is noticeable around the league.

The Kings' rookie hounded Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell during Sacramento's 110-101 loss on Friday night, prompting Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield to label their new teammate the best on-ball defender in the NBA ... already.

Mitchell's defense was so extraordinary that it got the attention of a few veteran NBA players.

Davion is nicknamed "Off Night" for a reason, and Donovan Mitchell was impressed by the No. 9 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

NBA teams knew Mitchell was an elite defender but that his offensive game needed development when they were evaluating him during the pre-draft process. In 56 minutes over two games off the bench for the Kings, he has scored just five points, but has four steals, four rebounds, seven assists and he hasn't turned the ball over yet.

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The job doesn't get any easier for the rookie as he will be tasked with trying to slow down Warriors star Steph Curry and third-year guard Jordan Poole on Sunday at Golden 1 Center.

Mitchell has had quite the introduction to the NBA, but he appears to be up to the task. And these tough matchups early in his career only will make him better in the long run.