Since 2017, Donovan Mitchell has been a pioneer, setting and breaking records for Utah Jazz, the National Basketball Association (NBA) team he plays for. While playing for the Salt Lake City-based NBA team, he was initially recruited by the Denver Nuggets in the 2017 NBA Draft but did not get to play for them as he soon thereafter dropped out of his current franchise in one profession.
A twist of fate offered Donovan’s star the opportunity to shine as he replaced Aaron Gordon in the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk competition. Gordon had suffered a pulled left hip flexor muscle which allowed Donovan to win by 48 and 50 points in the first round, followed by 50 and 48 points in the final round. In addition to winning the coveted Slam Dunk competition that year, the first rookie to do so since Zach LaVine, he also had several other rookie successes.
Donovan Mitchell’s Bio, Age
The Slam Dunker was born on September 7, 1996, in Elmsford, New York, where he also grew up. His parents are Donovan Mitchell Sr. and Nicole Mitchell, and the picture also shows a younger sister named Jordan.
He received his early formal education at various schools, including Greenwich Country Day School and Canterbury School – both in Connecticut. He then spent his junior and senior years at the Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and expanded his skills as a baller at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) through The City and Riverside Hawks programs, which took him out of New York.
Before deciding to play basketball, he also played a little baseball in his high school but decided to play only basketball for the University of Louisville. His freshman score was 7.4 points, 1.7 assists, and an average of 3.4 rebounds per game. In his second college season, he raised the bar a little higher with an average of 15.6 points, 2.7 assists, and 4.9 rebounds per game. The title “First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference” was awarded to him as a reward for his efforts. He then declared his intention to play in the big league and entered the 2017 NBA draft.
The Denver Nuggets picked him up with 13th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, but he was unable to play with the team because he was sent to Utah Jazz in exchange for Tyler Lydon and Trey Lyles. Mitchell Donovan officially signed his first NBA contract with Jazz on July 5, 2017. He then made history when he scored 37 points in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies, which went down in history as the highest score ever in the 2017 NBA Summer League.
He played his first game in the NBA on October 18, 2017, against the Denver Nuggets. With the 41 points Mitchell Donovan scored on December 1, 2017, Mitchell Donovan shattered the newcomer’s points record and hit him not only once but twice, the second time on February 2, 2018. He was ranked as one of the NBA rookies among players like Blake Griffin and Allen Iverson who scored up to 40 points in a single game.
With a productive rookie season behind him, it was time for the awards, and they kept rolling in. Being named on February 5, 2018, as an injury replacement for Aaron Gordon brought another award to Donovan’s shelf when he won the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. He is the first rookie since Zach LaVine to conquer the trophy.
His countless accomplishments as a rookie include being named Western Conference Rookie of the Month (three times in the same season) and setting a rookie record for the most three-point finishes in a season. Mitchell Donovan continued his series of records, setting and breaking them in the blink of an eye, and was eventually named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team on May 22, 2018.
Donovan Mitchell is probably so good at what he does because he grew up in a sporting environment. His father, Donovan Mitchell Sr., was Director of Player Relations for the New York Mets for several years, and prior to that, he held many positions in the Astros Minor League system.
If there was one thing we knew about senior international Mitchell, it was that he is very proud of his son and sees him play at every opportunity. Who wouldn’t be a proud father to one of the hottest players in the NBA?
With a height of 1.9 m (6 feet 2 inches), Donovan Mitchell in a way exposes the cliché that a very large baller has a better chance of performing than a small baller. Although his size is quite impressive, he cannot be counted among the tallest, but he has achieved more in one year than most taller players. He weighs a comfortable 95 kg and has a wingspan of 2.08 m.