Donovan Mitchell scored more as a rookie than Andre Roberson has in 5 seasons
As the 13th pick overall of the 2017 NBA Draft, Donovan Mitchell made an excellent debut last season. The team’s playoff run solidified his role as the number-one go-to offensive option for the Utah Jazz. If not for the stellar season of fellow rookie Ben Simmons, he could’ve easily bagged the Rookie of the Year.
Despite the team being elite on defense, the Jazz needed a game-changer on the other end. The Spider has gladly taken on that responsibility despite being a rookie averaging 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.
However, Mitchell’s scoring is in the limelight for a different reason in this instance.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s resident defensive wing Andre Roberson has been in the league for five years already. As pointed out by Reddit user, ThatOneNBAfan, Roberson has accumulated 1,356 points so far in his NBA career. Weirdly enough, Mitchell scored 1,616 points in just his rookie season.
In contrast, despite the discrepancies in offensive output, Andre Roberson and Mitchell are equally valued by their respective teams for what they bring to the table. It also sheds light on the significance of their roles and how they can contribute to their team’s success.
As young as he is and with a season under his belt, Jazz scoring guard Donovan Mitchell will continue to get better. With the Jazz expected to be a playoff contender, his role and contributions to the team will be more important than ever.
This season, all eyes will be on him as the basketball legend of the Spider continues.