When you think of the best postseason scorers in the NBA today, who comes to mind? Obviously, there are the bona fide superstars like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant. But you might be surprised to see just how high Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell is on that list.
The Jazz guard is averaging a whopping 27.4 points per game in 26 playoff appearances. That mark trails only Los Angeles Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets . (via Statmuse)
Highest PPG in the playoffs by an active player (min 25 games):
29.2 — Kevin Durant
28.7 — LeBron James
28.1 — Anthony Davis
27.4 — Donovan Mitchell pic.twitter.com/4a7jwilu2f
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 1, 2021
The Jazz frontman even ranks ahead of names you wouldn't expect, like Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors (26.5 points per game), and the other two Nets stars in Kyrie Irving (23.6 points per game) and James Harden (23.6 points per game).
One possible reason here is that he's been the Jazz's main scoring threat since his first season in the NBA. In 2017, they were reeling off the loss of their former franchise face in Gordon Hayward, and Mitchell came right on time to fill the void. He didn't need to wade the shallow playoff waters before swimming with the big boys, as he averaged 24.4 points per games during his postseason run as a rookie.
The Utah Jazz need every bit of Donovan Mitchell's scoring prowess to cap off their league-best regular season with a title.