When the Cavs acquired Donovan Mitchell he filled a significant missing piece with the team. Lebron James left the team for a second time in 2018. James signed with the Lakers. However, unlike the first time when the superstar left Cleveland to go to Miami, he led them to the NBA Championship in 2016.
Mitchell has provided the team with so much so early. Is he LeBron James, no. However, he is a mega-star in his own right. Mitchell is ranked as the third best shooter in the league by Bleacher report.
After Wednesday night’s performance against the Mavericks, Spida recorded his 14th game scoring 30 or more points. His stats of 34 pts, 13-20 FG, and 6 of 9 three-pointers put him on the top level of Cavalier players in scoring. Only James and Kevin Love have more 30 points and 6 three-pointers games as a Cavalier. That puts Mitchell already ahead of Kyrie Irving in his short time with the team.
Spida’s in the building.🕷@spidadmitchell | #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/Z9cABaeOlZ
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 15, 2022
Mitchell has a humble presence about him. The game against Dallas was significant to him in the fact that they eliminated him from the playoffs last season. That series was the worst of Mitchell’s career. He spoke on it saying:
“It made me a better player…and it brought me to Cleveland. There’s always a blessing in hardships.”
He is not only a threat offensively, he is a huge contributor to the Cavs’ defense. This makes him an all-around threat on the court.
The new member of the wine and gold has strength that allows him to repeatedly attack the rack. Mitchell has such good pace to where he can switch gears, make shots and finish in a variety of ways.
Cleveland is his city now. It’s a new era and while “King” James will always be remembered for what he brought to the city, Mitchell looks to have slipped into the space James left behind.
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