The Utah Jazz has one of the top young players in the NBA, and his name is Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell has quickly transcended to one of the top players in the league. Ever since he’s entered the league, he has brought the intensity day in and day out.
Mitchell will have a successful career, and his game will only get better and better as he plays more. Not only does Mitchell make an impact on the court, but he also makes an impact off the court. He recently pledged to donate $12 million to one of his former schools.
Donovan Mitchell is one of the most exciting players to watch in the NBA
Mitchell made his NBA debut during the 2017-18 season, and he quickly became one of the top rookies in the league. As a rookie, he averaged 20.5 points, 3.7 steals, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. Mitchell had two 40 point games during his rookie season and became the first player since Allen Iverson to do so. He was named to the All-Rookie First Team and participated in the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest, where he was crowned champion.
Mitchell continued to impress during his second season. He had a big performance against a talented Houston Rockets team early in the season. In a 100-89 win over the Rockets, Mitchell had 38 points. Mitchell is one of the most explosive players in the league, and his strength allows him to be able to finish through contact at the rim. His numbers improved during the 2018-19 season as he averaged 23.8 points, 4.2 assists, and 4.1 rebounds.
In year three, Mitchell had a season to remember. He made his first All-Star team and finished the season averaging 24 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. Mitchell put together a memorable performance in the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets. He and Jamal Murray were going at each other during the series. Though the Jazz lost the series, Mitchell played at a high-level throughout the series. In Game 1 of the series, Mitchell scored 57 points, which was the third most points scored in playoff history. He scored 51 points in Game 4 and joined Michael Jordan and Iverson as the only players who scored 50 or more points twice in a playoff series.
Donovan Mitchell receiving a big max contract extension
The Utah Jazz did not waste any time giving Mitchell an extension. According to ESPN, in November of 2020, Mitchell agreed to a five-year designated rookie extension worth up to $195 million. The ESPN article states that the deal includes a 30% escalator clause that would turn the guaranteed $163 million base into $195 million if Mitchell is voted onto one of the three All-NBA teams, sources said.
Mitchell has definitely shown why he deserved the contract extension. Through three years of playing in the league, he’s averaged 22.7 points and 4.1 rebounds. The Jazz will look for Mitchell to continue to play at a high level and help them make a deep run in the postseason.
Donovan Mitchell donating $12 million to his former school
After signing his contract extension with the Jazz, Mitchell decided to give back to his former school. According to CBS Sports, Mitchell is donating $12 million to the Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut for scholarships and a new gym for the school.
In a tweet, Mitchell talked about how important it is for him to be able to help out his former school. “Man this means so much to me! Not just building a brand new gym but giving scholarships to less fortunate kids who normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend private school!” Mitchell tweeted out. It’s a wonderful thing to see athletes giving back to their communities, and this is something Mitchell will continue to do.