SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - Donovan Mitchell is dominating the NBA, and the league is taking notice.
Mitchell was named the NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played during January. Mitchell earned Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors for December and becomes the first rookie this season to win the award in back-to-back months.
The 6-3, 215-pound guard averaged 22.2 points (best among rookies), 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 35.0 minutes per game during the month. The Louisville product totaled eight games with 20-or-more points and two games with 30-plus points, which led all rookies in the NBA in January. On the month, he totaled 288 points, 49 boards and 44 assists, becoming the first rookie since Andrew Wiggins in 2015 to total over 280 points, 40 rebounds and 40 assists in January.
Against Charlotte on Jan. 12, Mitchell recorded 35 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the field, 5-of-11 from three and 10-of-11 from the free throw line, becoming the fourth rookie to record 10 field goals, five threes and 10 free throws in a single game since 1963-64 (Jordan Crawford – March 30, 2011, Eric Gordon – Jan. 23, 2009 and Allen Iverson – Nov. 12, 1996 & April 12, 1997).
On the year, Mitchell is averaging an NBA rookie-best 19.3 points, along with 3.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 48 games (40 starts). He has connected on 108 threes this season, the second most by any rookie in the NBA. Since Dec. 1, the first-year Jazzman owns averages of 22.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. On Jan. 24, Mitchell was selected to compete in the 2018 MTN Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game in Los Angeles at All-Star Weekend.
The 21-year-old becomes the second player in franchise history to win the monthly rookie honor multiple times in a season, joining Trey Burke (December 2013, January 2014 and April 2014). The award, which has been given monthly since the 1981-82 season, was originally the NBA Rookie of the Month before splitting into Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month in 2001-02.
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