Each season, Donovan Mitchell raises the bar. And this year was no different.
The former Louisville Cardinal has proven to be Utah’s offensive leader, averaging a career-high 26.4 points per game on career best shot (52.0% effective field goal percentage and 38 , 6% out of three). In March against Boston, Mitchell scored his 6,000th point in a Jazz uniform. He became the fastest to reach 6k in franchise history (262 games).
After making his second consecutive All-Star appearance in Atlanta, Spida upped the score again. In 19 games, he averaged 29.6 points – only second behind Steph Curry. He lost 42 to the Kings and Wizards.
Mitchell suffered a sprained right ankle against the Pacers, missing the last 16 games of the regular season. He returned in Game 2 of the Jazz’s first round series against the Grizzlies. The results? He succeeded in his first attempt, scored 25 and took the victory.
“Anytime you’re away for a significant period of time, I think there is a tendency to really try to put an imprint on the game. But I thought he really let the game come to him.” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said after the game. “He really played in himself. I thought he had just made the right plays. Obviously, it’s good to find it. It certainly changes our team.
The Jazz star guard continued the pace until the end, even starting the second round with 45 against the Clippers. Fighting with a sprained ankle, Mitchell registered 32.3 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 10 games.
“He’s a warrior. He’s a unique player who has the competitiveness and the desire to play through that kind of pain, ”said Snyder.