Utah Jazz goalie Donovan Mitchell is one of the NBA’s brightest stars. And if you ask ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith, he’s the greatest player in Jazz franchise history.
It’s true. Stephen A. places Spida above John Stockton and Karl Malone. Check out his savage rant:
“Donovan Mitchell is the greatest talent in the history of the Jazz franchise.”
– NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 25, 2021
“I remind you that even if he doesn’t have the CV, I don’t compare the CVs, Donovan Mitchell is the greatest talent in the history of the Jazz franchise. Better talent than Karl Malone, better talent than John Stockton.
Even the rest of the ESPN panel declined to agree with Smith.
It’s extremely difficult to compare Mitchell to people like Malone and
Stockton, who formed one of the deadliest guardian duos in gaming history. But, the Jazz definitely have a special one in Spida. Even the rest of the ESPN panel declined to agree with Smith.
Over the course of four and a half seasons in the league, Mitchell is averaging 23.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game on 36 percent shots from downtown. The Mailman averaged 25 and 10 in 19 seasons. Stockton? Only 13.1 points, but over 10 assists per night.
At this point, it is difficult to make that comparison. Stephen A loves to be controversial, so it’s no surprise. Mitchell has a long career ahead of him to assert himself as the best jazz player of all time, but he’s certainly not there yet.