Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots over LA Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) during Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Michael Jordan. LeBron James. Kobe Bryant. Allen Iverson. Kevin Durant. Jerry West. Dwyane Wade.
And now Donovan Mitchell.
With his latest performance Thursday night for the Utah Jazz, a 37-point outing as the Jazz beat the LA Clippers 117-111 to go up 2-0 in their second-round playoff series, Mitchell is part of some of the most elite company in NBA history.
In scoring 27 points in the first half Thursday, Mitchell moved into a tie for fourth all-time with Iverson with eight halves of at least 25 points points in a playoff game. It was the second time he’d done it this series after he scored 32 in the second half of Game 1, and now the only players ahead of him in the statistic are James (20), Bryant (17) and Durant (10).
With 27 first half points in Game 2, @spidadmitchell has scored 25+ points 8 times in a half in his career in the playoffs. That is tied with Allen Iverson for 4th most in NBA PLAYOFF HISTORY!!!!
The other 3:
1) LeBron James: 20
2) Kobe Bryant: 17
3) Kevin Durant: 10#TakeNote
— Tyson Ewing (@tyewing2) June 11, 2021
Mitchell is sixth in league history in points per game during the playoffs among players who have played a minimum of 25 such contests (he’s played in 29) with an average of 28.4. The only players he’s trailing? Jordan, Iverson, Durant, West and James.
In context here, the other five all have far more than 29 playoff games to their names, but he’s ninth in history in total points through his first 29 playoff games.
Highest PPG in playoff history (min 25 games):
33.4 — Michael Jordan
29.7 — Allen Iverson
29.2 — Kevin Durant
29.1 — Jerry West
28.7 — LeBron James
28.4 — Donovan Mitchell pic.twitter.com/IwHfAzprYI
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 11, 2021
And then there’s a smattering of other notable markers for the 24-year-old:
Tied for fourth in number of playoff games with 30 points and five assists before the age of 25 with Durant and behind James, Bryant and his mentor and new Jazz part owner, Wade.
With his Game 1 performance, Mitchell became just the 11th player in league history to score at least 45 points in three playoff outings.
On Thursday, Mitchell became the first Jazz player with 35 points in back-to-back playoff games since Karl Malone did it back in 1988.
All of it had national analysts on Thursday night noting how wonderful the fourth-year guard has been.
There are no words for what Donovan Mitchell is doing right now.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 11, 2021
Donovan Mitchell is the best player in these playoffs so far.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 11, 2021
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