Jazz Star Donovan Mitchell Overtakes Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry in Incredible Playoff Record

Published 06/19/2021, 4:17 PM EDT
Jun 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) sits on the scorers table during the closing minute of the LA Clippers win in game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Utah Jazz were one of the most surprising teams in the NBA this season. Led by Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz ended up as the first seed in the stacked Western Conference.

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Despite their incredible regular season performance, the Jazz crashed out of the Playoffs in the Western Conference with a 4-2 loss against the Clippers.

With incredible defense coupled with an effective offense, the Jazz were one of the most consistent teams in the league this season.

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In the Playoffs though, the case was pretty different. While players like Jordan Clarkson and Mike Conley did have their moments, it was the dominant performances of Donovan Mitchell that was a constant for the Jazz.

Donovan Mitchell breaks an incredible record set by Damian Lillard and Steph Curry

While Mitchell suffered from an ankle injury late in the regular season, the 24-year-old was cleared for the Playoffs. After missing Game 1 against the Grizzlies, Mitchell came back in blazing form in the Playoffs.

This was just the sign of things to come for the 2-time All-Star. Despite struggling from an ankle injury, Spida averaged a mind-boggling 32.3 points, 5.5 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game.

While there is no doubting D-Mitch’s scoring capability, one aspect of his game is often overlooked, his three-point shooting. Averaging 38.6% from the three-point line, Mitchell has become one of the primary three-point shooters in the league.

In his historic series against the Clippers, Mitchell was a one-man wrecking ball in the offensive end. Despite losing out the series in a cruel Game 6 meltdown, the 2-time All-Star scored a whooping 36 three-pointers in the series, shooting 43.5% from the perimeter.

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With his 36 three-pointers, Mitchell broke an incredible record previously set by Damian Lillard and Steph Curry. This is certainly the indication of where the league is headed.

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Given young stars like Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, and Trae Young are shooting lights out from the perimeter, this record might be up for grabs in the near future. Who do you think will break the record next? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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