Utah Jazz: 3 MVP traits of Donovan Mitchell since All-Star break

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports)
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Recent MVP traits of Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell: Efficient production

The 2020-21 version of Donovan Mitchell comes with a long list of career-high averages, many of which should be at least within a step or two of reaching the MVP level (increases from his previous best in parentheses):

  • 25.8 points per game (+1.8)
  • 4.5 rebounds per game (+0.1)
  • 5.4 assists per game (+1.1)
  • 39.4 percent beyond the arc (+2.8)
  • 3.4 makes from three per game (+0.9)
  • 5.6 free throw attempts per game (+0.7)

In addition, it’s worth noting that Mitchell is managing these higher marks without turning the ball over more often (2.7 or 2.8 per game in every season thus far) and while averaging the second-fewest minutes of his career at 33.6 per game.

As for Mitchell’s key averages and percentages in his 15 games since the All-Star break, it’s quite simply some top-shelf stuff:

  • 28.9 points per game
  • 4.1 rebounds per game
  • 5.3 assists per game
  • 1.1 steals per game
  • 47.9 percent from the field
  • 40.5 percent beyond the arc
  • 88.3 percent from the charity stripe
  • 6.3 free throw attempts per game
  • 2.4 turnovers per game
  • +83 plus/minus

Efficient stardom. Plain and simple…