The NBA is back and rolling along in its Orlando bubble. There are 22 teams competing in Florida, including the Utah Jazz, who are led by first time All-Star and Cardinal Forever Donovan Mitchell.
Mitchell added yet another milestone to his increasingly impressive professional resume on Saturday night during the Jazz’s 106-104 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. The former Louisville guard scored his 5,000th career point in just his 221st NBA regular season game.
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Mitchell joins Lebron James (197) and Kevin Durant (205) as the only active players to score 5,000 points in their first 221 career games . Donovan is only the seventh player in the past 20 years to score 5,000 points before the end of his third season, according to basketball reference. He is likely to surpass Derrick Rose (5,006) and Vince Carter (5,090), finishing with the 5th most points through three NBA seasons since 2000. Mitchell would trail only James (6,307), Durant (5967), Carmelo Anthony (5,405) and Karl-Anthony Towns (5,307),
The Jazz are currently tied for 4th in the Western Conference with six games remaining. Having already locked up a postseason berth, they’ll be fighting for seeding in the NBA bubble over the next two weeks. Mitchell leads the team in scoring at 24.0 points per game. He is putting up career highs this season in points, assists (4.2), rebounds (4.3), field goal shooting (45.2%) and free throw shooting (86.0%).