Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell scored his 6,000th career point versus the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. What’s even more impressive is he surpassed the greatest Jazz ever in Karl Malone as the fastest player in team history to reach the scoring achievement.
According to ESPN Statistics and Information, Mitchell, who is having an impressive season, accomplished the milestone in just 262 games, nine games quicker than Malone.
Donovan Mitchell scored his 6,000th career point tonight in his 262nd game in the NBA, which is the fewest games to reach 6k points in Jazz history.
Karl Malone was the previous fastest (271 games) h/t @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/fzfjKWexYw
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 17, 2021
Mitchell’s resume isn’t too shabby at all. After being picked 13th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, the 24-year-old has been to two All-Star Games, won the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest, and was named to the All-Rookie First Team. His recent scoring achievement is proof that the Jazz have a legit superstar in the coming years. Along with Rudy Gobert, Mitchell will help the Salt Lake squad contend for a long time.
The Jazz have been on a roll this season, leading the NBA with a scorching record of 29-10. In their most recent victory versus the Celtics, Mitchell put up 21 points and five assists despite a mediocre shooting performance.
After the game, he defended his bad marksmanship (via Jazz reporter Ryan Miller).
“It’s called hero ball to some but not to me, it’s the shots I work on. Shots that may look tough our shots I put hours and hours in the summer working on.”
Speaking of the summer, Mitchell was rewarded with a five-year, $195 million contract extension during the offseason—another impressive achievement by the former Louisville standout Suffice it to say that Donovan Mitchell is going to be a Jazz stud for a long time, breaking one record after another.