Indeed, Donovan Mitchell climbs regularly on the list of greats of Utah Jazz.
Donovan Mitchell has nearly 30,000 more points to go before he takes on Karl Malone on the Utah Jazz all-time scoring list in the regular season. Nonetheless, the fifth-year pro is gradually moving up the rankings.
With his game-high 26 points in Saturday night’s 123-105 road victory over the Sacramento Kings, Mitchell rose to 13th place among forwards in Utah history. . His 6,867 points are now forever above the 6,848 total that Jeff Hornacek totaled in his seven seasons as a legendary jazz sniper from 1993-94 to 1999-00.
The performance against the Kings marked the eighth time Mitchell has scored 25 or more points throughout Utah’s 11-5 start for his 2021-22 campaign. Still, he hadn’t done so in the previous four games. In 32 minutes on the field, he also contributed five rebounds, five assists and a steal to the win while shooting 11 for 22 from the field, including a 3 for 7 clip from beyond the arc.
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The 25-year-old’s career points in the regular season are just a few games away from being 12th on the franchise roster and former Rickey Green, who has lost 6,917 points in eight seasons with the Jazz from 1980 to 1981. to 1987-88.
Yes, assuming Mitchell remains in good health and doesn’t encounter serious shooting drops, he should pass Green as well as Mehmet Okur (7,255), Derrick Favors (7,336), Deron Williams (7,576) and Gordon Hayward ( 8,077) by the end of the season. At this point, Louisville’s former No. 13 draft pick would occupy No. 8 in franchise history.
And if Mitchell improves his 24.4 points per game a bit, the All-Star double could flirt with No.6 and 7 on the roster with Andrei Kirilenko (8,411) and Pete Maravich (8,324).
The top five are Thurl Bailey (9,897), Darrell Griffith (12,391), Adrian Dantley (13,635), John Stockton (13,635) and Karl Malone (36,374).