Believe it or not, there were those who thought that it might not have been the right move and that maybe Mitchell wouldn’t fit in with the young and promising roster that was already established in Cleveland.
Those people were obviously wrong.
Mitchell is having the best season of his career and has become a centerpiece of the Cavaliers, who are doing better than they have in years.
Left is Donovan Mitchell this season. Right is MVP Kobe.
29.3 PPG 28.3 PPG
4.8 RPG 6.3 RPG
1.5 SPG 1.8 SPG
49/40/88% 46/36/84% pic.twitter.com/4ZiOKHiv8s
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 11, 2023
He’s playing so well, in fact, that he can be compared to none other than Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant.
Right now, Mitchell is averaging 29.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 steals with a 49/40/88% stat line.
When you put that next to Bryant’s 2007-08 MVP season, you see that he scored 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.8 steals on 46/36/84%.
Mitchell & The Mamba
Being in the same league as Bryant is a huge honor and producing similar – and even better – numbers is even more amazing.
So, why aren’t more people talking about Mitchell as a possible MVP?
But Mitchell should certainly be part of the conversation.
It feels like Mitchell is becoming only more comfortable with the Cavaliers and is actually getting better as the season goes on.
That means that he could be doing even more incredible work by the time the postseason rolls around.
Speaking of the playoffs, everyone is wondering what Mitchell and his Cavaliers will be capable of this year.
They are poised to make some serious noise for the first time in a long time, and Mitchell is a huge part of that.