Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is having a strong rookie season. He’s leading the team in scoring with 17.9 points per game and already has a 40-point performance to his name. If not for Kyle Kuzma, Mitchell has a good case to be considered the steal of the draft after he fell to No. 13 overall.
Mitchell is making such a strong impression that an NBA general manager is comparing him to some of the best guards of the past and present.
At first glance, it seems hyperbolic for anyone, let alone an NBA general manager, to put Mitchell in the same breath as Iverson, who is arguably the pound-for-pound greatest scorer in NBA history, or even Wade, who is a multiple-time NBA champion.
Upon closer inspection, though, Mitchell does appear to have a few qualities which he shares with those elite guards. He has a short but powerful frame like Wade, has flashed the confidence of Lillard and has displayed the fearless abandon of Iverson at different times.
It goes without saying that Mitchell still has a long way to go to justify those comparisons. However, he has made a promising enough start through his impressive rookie performances and could eventually prove those comparisons to be accurate in a few years’ time.