SALT LAKE CITY — There’s the autographed sneaker giveaway before every home and away game.
And the $25,000 scholarship he surprised Naja Brooks, the daughter of his fourth-grade teacher, with following the March 21 game in Atlanta.
As recently as Sunday, second-year Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell even acted as a good Samaritan on the scene of a Utah auto accident where he got out and offered assistance on 400 South and West Temple.
"I just wanted to make sure everybody was OK," Mitchell told Ryan McDonald of the Deseret News following Game 4. "It was just natural, just going out there and making sure she was OK."
So, to no surprise, Mitchell was named a finalist for the 2018-19 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award. He is one of 10 nominees for the award, which recognizes players' efforts in the community throughout the year. His teammate Ricky Rubio was also a finalist last season.
The winner will be announced during the annual NBA Awards event on Monday, June 24, where that player will receive $25,000 to their charity of choice. If Mitchell wins, he would donate the earnings to his newly launched SPIDACARES Foundation.
Jarrett Allen, Bradley Beal, Mike Conley, Tobias Harris, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Khris Middleton, Dwight Powell and Pascal Siakam are the other nine finalists for the award. Fans can vote for Mitchell on social media by using #NBACommunityAssist and #DonovanMitchell or @spidadmitchell until Sunday, May 5.