The Utah Jazz have found a young, franchise cornerstone in Donovan Mitchell. He earned his first career All-Star appearance this season, and he is already flying up Jazz record books as Utah has earned the top seed in the Western Conference and the best overall record in the NBA. Now, Mitchell is one step closer to passing legend Karl Malone for a pretty remarkable feat.
Monday night Donovan Mitchell recorded his 10th career 30-point game in the postseason, tied with Adrian Dantley for 2nd-most in Jazz franchise history. Only Karl Malone (53) has more. pic.twitter.com/kEYlgjWJM3
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 1, 2021
Sure, Mitchell is a good distance away from Malone, but he is only 24 years old and should have the Jazz in the playoffs for years to come. He averaged career-highs in points (26.4), three-point shooting (38.6), and assists (5.2) as he paced the Jazz to a phenomenal regular season.
Mitchell had back-to-back 42 point games in April before going down with an injury, and after missing Game 1 vs the Memphis Grizzlies, he came out ready to roll. In three games against the Grizz, the Jazz All-Star has scored a combined 84 points as Utah has won all three games with him in the lineup.
The Jazz are on their way to a first-round victory, and there is a decent chance Mitchell continues to drop 30-point performances in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. For the Jazz, their hopes are to bring home an NBA Championship, and with Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert, and Sixth Man of the Year winner Jordan Clarkson, not to mention the 6MOTY runner-up Joe Ingles, the Jazz can definitely make a run at Western Conference champions.