Donovan Mitchell gives Stephen A. Smith more fuel for GOAT Jazz argument
You may have recently heard about Stephen A. Smith declaring Donovan Mitchell as the greatest Utah Jazz player of all time. It’s definitely a hot take, considering that the Jazz used to have players named John Stockton, Karl Malone, and Pete Maravich. Do you know any of those guys?
It seems that Stephen A. Smith won’t be retracting that comment any time soon and especially not shortly after Mitchell dropped another 30-point game Monday night, albeit during a 118-104 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Mitchell’s scoring performance in Game 4 moved him to a tie with the great Karl Malone.
“Donovan Mitchell has scored 30+ points in six straight games, tying Karl Malone for the longest streak in Jazz postseason history. It’s also the 4th-longest streak by a player under 25 years old in NBA history.”
Mitchell poured in a total of 37 points in the loss to the Clippers, though it took him 26 attempts from the field to get there.
In any case, it’s still difficult to believe that NBA fans, particularly the older ones, would buy the notion that Mitchell has already surpassed the aforementioned Jazz greats in terms of lasting impact on the franchise. What’s certain is that the Jazz need to win Game 5 against the Clippers after losing the past two meetings with Kawhi Leonard and company.