It’s safe to say that the Utah Jazz hit the lottery when they traded for rookie Donovan Mitchell during this year’s NBA draft, and the gamble they took on the young shooting guard is already paying off.
Mitchell, who was selected with the 13th pick in the draft by the Denver Nuggets, and was promptly traded to the Jazz for Try Lyles and Tyler Lydon, is currently averaging 17.2 points a game on 37.7% shooting from deep, and is slowly but surely inserting himself into the Rookie of the Year race, an award most thought Ben Simmons would run away with.
Mitchell’s past performances have coincided with the Jazz’s recent run of wins, winning seven of their last ten games. One of those wins included Mitchell’s stunning 41 points against the Pelicans, setting a career-high in only his 23rd game of his career.
Other than dropping 41 against New Orleans however, the product out of Louisville has also recently set an NBA record early on in his young career.
Donovan Mitchell has hit 61 threes through his first 25 games, which turns out to be the most threes hit by any rookie through their first 25 games ever.
— Utah Jazz PR (@UtahJazzPR) December 6, 2017
Is this record an indication of things to come? Will Mitchell take home Rookie of the Year honors, beating out the likes of Ben Simmons and Jayson Tatum? Utah Jazz fans are praying he does.