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The Utah Jazz are set to finalize a contract extention with star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, per Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. The new deal is reported to be a rookie max contract which is $170M over the course of the next 5 years.
Mitchell, 23, made his first all-star appearance this year, but he has shined ever since entering the league. The Denver Nuggets selected Mitchell with the 13th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. However, he was traded to Utah on draft night for the 24th pick and forward Trey Lyles. In his rookie season he made the All-Rookie First team and won the Slam Dunk contest.
The star guard has averaged 22.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4 assists per game in his career. He has always had consistent numbers averaging at least 20 points a game in every season he as played in. Both his rebound and assists per game averages have also been around four.
Mitchell broke out in the 2020 NBA playoffs vs. the Denver Nuggets. This is ironic because Denver drafted him. Despite losing, on August 17th, Mitchell put up 57 points which is the third most points ever scored in a playoff game. Then, six days later, he put up another 51 points. He now becomes the third player to ever have two 50 plus point games in the same playoff series. The other two players to do so were Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson. Mitchell played extremely well in the playoff series vs. Denver. The Jazz and Nuggets played in a series deciding game 7 on September 1st. It didn’t go the way Mitchell and the Jazz played it to be, as they fell short 80-78.
Donovan Mitchell is already an all-star in just his third season, and proved during the playoffs that he will be a superstar in the league for years to come.