Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is one of the brightest stars in the NBA. And if you’re asking ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith, he is the greatest player in Jazz franchise history.
That’s right. Stephen A. is putting Spida above the likes of John Stockton and Karl Malone. Check out his wild rant:
"Donovan Mitchell is the greatest talent in the history of the Jazz franchise."
—@stephenasmith says Spida is a better talent than Karl Malone AND John Stockton 👀 #NBACountdown pic.twitter.com/7gjrOe2hlh
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 25, 2021
“I will remind y’all that even though he doesn’t have the resume, I’m not comparing resumes, Donovan Mitchell is the greatest talent in the history of the Jazz franchise. A better talent than Karl Malone, a better talent than John Stockton.”
Even the rest of the ESPN panel refused to agree with Smith.
It’s extremely hard to compare Mitchell to the likes of Malone and
Stockton, who formed one of the most lethal guard-big duos in the history of the game. But, the Jazz definitely have a special one in Spida. Even the rest of the ESPN panel refused to agree with Smith.
Through four and half seasons in the league, Mitchell is averaging 23.6 points, 4.1 boards, and 4.3 assists per game on 36% shooting from downtown. The Mailman averaged 25 and 10 in 19 seasons. Stockton? Just 13.1 points, but over 10 assists a night.
At this point, it’s hard to make this comparison. Stephen A loves to be controversial though, so it’s not a surprise. Mitchell has a long career ahead of him to solidify himself as the best Jazz player ever, but he’s certainly not there yet.