Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell

27-Year-Old GuardG
Cleveland Cavaliers
GTD
Injury Calf
Est. Return 10/1/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Donovan Mitchell in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a three-year, $150.3 million contract extension with the Cavaliers in July of 2024. Deal includes a player option for the 2027-28 season.
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Donovan Vernell Mitchell Jr., son of Nicole and Donovan Mitchell Sr., was born in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1996. Mitchell started on the path to basketball stardom at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. As a junior, he averaged 11.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists to lead Brewster Academy to a 33-2 record, the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council AAA Championship and the National Prep Championship. Mitchell was even better as a senior, averaging 14.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals to push Brewster Academy to a 34-1 record and its second straight National Prep Championship in 2015. Mitchell's play at Brewster led to his being named the 17th best high school player in the nation by Scout.com. Mitchell chose to play collegiate basketball at the University of Louisville, where he spent two years. Mitchell has been active in and around the Salt Lake City community since matriculating to the NBA. Throughout the season, he often leads school visits and basketball camps for area teenagers. In August 2018, the Mitchell family surprised students at Kearns High School to hand-deliver 300 backpacks to exemplary students in need. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@Spidadmitchell). Mitchell was one of college basketball's most improved players between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, as he earned First-Team All-ACC honors on both offense and defense his sophomore year. His scoring more than doubled to 15.6 PPG that season, though there were no significant drop-offs in his shooting percentage with the added volume. His best offensive game came Jan. 24 in a 106-51 rout of Pittsburgh, when Mitchell posted 29 points on 9-for-13 shooting. He also averaged 2.1 steals per contest to lead the ACC and finish No. 16 in the country. In the NCAA Tournament, Mitchell posted averages of 14.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists, but he and the Cardinals fell as a No. 2 seed to Michigan in the Round of 32. Mitchell elected to go pro after that season and was taken in the first round by the Nuggets (13th overall), and later traded to the Jazz.

Agrees to three-year extension
GCleveland Cavaliers
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July 2, 2024
Mitchell (calf) and the Cavaliers agreed to a three-year, $150.3 million extension Tuesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
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The extension includes a player option for the 2027-28 season. Mitchell's future with the Cavaliers has been a major storyline in the media for over a year, so Cleveland will be relieved to secure Mitchell's signature as they move into a new era with coach Kenny Atkinson at the helm. During the regular season in 2023-24, Mitchell averaged 26.6 points, 6.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 3.3 three-pointers.
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How does Donovan Mitchell compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
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True Shooting %
59.5%
 
Effective Field Goal %
54.5%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
45.4%
 
Free Throw Rate
29.2%
 
Offensive Rebound %
2.7%
 
Defensive Rebound %
13.4%
 
Total Rebound %
8.1%
 
Assist %
28.7%
 
Steal %
2.3%
 
Block %
1.4%
 
Turnover %
8.9%
 
Usage %
0.0%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
46.1
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.3
 
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Although Mitchell was traded from Utah to Cleveland ahead of the 2022-23 campaign, he had a career-best scoring season while playing alongside established Cavaliers players like Jarrett Allen and Darius Garland. Mitchell shot a career-high 48.4 percent from the floor and averaged 28.3 points, 4.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 35.8 minutes per game over 68 appearances. The Cavaliers acquired Max Strus from the Heat during the offseason but gave up Cedi Osman and Lamar Stevens in the deal, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Mitchell's role remain relatively consistent during his second year with the team. Among players who made at least 50 appearances, Mitchell was tied for fifth in the league with 3.6 three-pointers made per game, the best mark of his career. The Cavaliers figure to be in the postseason hunt once again this year, which should give the 26-year-old ample opportunities to contribute. He's also managed to stay relatively healthy throughout his career, appearing in at least 67 games in five of his first six professional seasons. After dispelling concerns about how his production might fare as part of Cleveland's talented lineup last year, Mitchell enters the 2023-24 campaign as an elite fantasy guard with plenty of upside.
After discussions between Utah and New York failed to gain necessary traction, Cleveland emerged as a suitor for the three-time All-Star guard. Mitchell joins a talented young roster with All-Star point guard Darius Garland, All-Star center Jarrett Allen and an extremely promising forward in Evan Mobley. It may take some time for Garland and Mitchell to figure out the give-and-take in usage, but neither player should take a massive hit. Mitchell is coming off his age 25 season with averages of 25.6 points on 45/36/85 shooting, 5.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 33.8 minutes. He ranked 18th in fantasy last season on a per-game basis, which figures to take a hit playing next to Garland, but Mitchell has never ranked worse than 44th. As a result, managers should still feel comfortable selecting Mitchell in the third round.
Last season marked Mitchell's second consecutive All-Star selection. In 33.4 minutes per game, the shooting guard averaged career highs in points (26.4), assists (5.2) and three-point percentage (38.6). The result was the best per-game fantasy production of his career, as he ranked 34th overall. Yet again, Mitchell was excellent in the postseason. Over his past 17 career playoff games, he's averaged 33.9 points on 48/46/88 shooting, 5.2 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals. Mitchell's varied offensive repertoire and excellent athleticism has made him difficult to guard since he entered the league, but he's been coming into his own more of late. The increase in assists is a great sign, and he also attempted a career-high 6.0 free-throw attempts per game last season. He might be surrounded by too much talent to be a 30 point-per-game player, but that also allows Mitchell the opportunity to hone in on his efficiency, playmaking and defense. Fantasy managers know exactly what they're getting out of Mitchell at this point. He has one of the highest floors of any non-All-NBA player and is an easy selection in the third round of most fantasy drafts.
Mitchell continues to make only marginal strides to his game since his excellent rookie debut in 2017-18. He remained a quality third-to-fourth round option in 2019-20, averaging 24.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 34.3 minutes. However, his playoff performance against the Nuggets in the first round was one for the history books and suggests he has another level to his game that he could tap into for 2020-21. In that series, Mitchell averaged 36.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.0 steals, which included two 50-point outbursts. Mitchell's durability is also a selling point, as he's missed just 11 games in his career. Conservative fantasy managers can bank on his high floor, while those on the more aggressive side can point to his excellent playoff performance as a reason to take the plunge early. As a result, he'll likely be highly sought after in most fantasy leagues and could be a popular option in the second round.
Mitchell followed up an impressive rookie season with an even better second-year performance, reaching new career highs in points (23.8), assists (4.2) and rebounds (4.1). He drained 2.4 threes per tilt for the second straight season, boosting his three-point percentage to a respectable 36.2. The Louisville product contributed on the defensive side of the ball too, swiping 1.4 steals for the second year in a row. Mitchell had a huge role for the Jazz last season, logging a 30.9 usage rate, good for seventh in the NBA among players with at least 1900 minutes. He's likely to see that hefty usage rate decrease in 2019-20 with the addition of Mike Conley, who is a better all-around scorer and playmaker than former Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio. Conley will handle some of the backcourt load and enable Mitchell to play off-ball more frequently. New forward Bojan Bogdanovic could cut into Mitchell's production as well, given his natural scoring abilities. Even though his role may diminish slightly this season, Mitchell is still one of the best young guards in the league and will provide solid fantasy contributions in most categories, making him a clear early-round selection in all formats.
Drafted with the 13th overall pick in the 2017 Draft, Mitchell was expected to hold a relatively small rotational role on the Jazz during his rookie year. However, the Louisville product came out of the gates hot, scoring 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting during his sixth NBA game, being inserted into the starting five just six games later. He never looked back from there, filling the void created by Gordon Hayward’s departure. A favorite among some to win Rookie of the Year, Mitchell was able to lead Utah to the playoffs on the back of an especially strong post-All-Star break stint. During his final 24 appearances, Mitchell averaged 22.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals. Throughout the year, Mitchell was also able to put together five 30-point games, two 40-point games, 25 games with at least five assists and 13 performances with three or more steals. Considering Mitchell posted a 29.1 percent usage rate during his rookie campaign, it may be difficult for him to improve on his overall volume heading into 2018-19. However, there remains room for him to improve as a shooter, as he shot a fair, but not great, 43.7 percent from the field and 34.0 percent from beyond the arc. And, considering how much he handles the ball for the Jazz, he may be looking to improve as a passer. Regardless, Mitchell already has the makings of an up-and-coming star in the NBA.
Mitchell is a 6-foot-3 combo guard out of Louisville with an imposing 6-foot-10 wingspan and top-tier athleticism, which helps smooth out his lack of size. He projects to be a near-NBA-ready defender right out of the gate, as he averaged 2.1 steals per game last season as a sophomore, leading the ACC. Mitchell also posted 15.6 points, 4.9 boards and 2.7 assists across 32.3 minutes while making 40.8 percent of his attempts from the field while hitting 2.4 threes per game at a 35.4 percent clip. Two things may stop Mitchell from having an impactful Fantasy season – his workload and his offensive readiness, or lack thereof. He’ll be joining a Jazz roster filled with guards such as Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum, Rodney Hood, Joe Johnson and others. He also wasn’t a particularly efficient player in college, which generally doesn’t bode well for rookies. All in all, Mitchell can probably be looked over in the majority of Fantasy formats during his first run as a professional.
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Extension expected this offseason
GCleveland Cavaliers
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June 24, 2024
The Cavaliers are confident in reaching an extension with Mitchell (calf) this offseason and will soon present the five-star All-Star guard with a four-year, $209 million maximum contract offer, Shams Charania, Joe Vardon and Jason Lloyd of The Athletic report.
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Ruled out for Game 5
GCleveland Cavaliers
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May 15, 2024
Mitchell (calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 5 in Boston, Spencer Davies of SI.com reports.
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Unlikely to play Wednesday
GCleveland Cavaliers
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May 15, 2024
Mitchell (calf) is officially listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, but he's not expected to play, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Iffy for Game 5
GCleveland Cavaliers
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May 14, 2024
Mitchell (calf) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics.
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Won't play Monday
GCleveland Cavaliers
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May 13, 2024
Mitchell (calf) has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against the Celtics, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Could be nearing extension
GCleveland Cavaliers
June 24, 2024
Mitchell signed off on the Cavaliers' head coaching hire of Kenny Atkinson, Sam Amico of Hoops Wire reports.
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While sources say Mitchell was expected to sign his four-year, $209 million extension prior to the hiring of Atkinson, it does bode well for the Cavs that the All-Star signed off on the new coach. The 27-year-old has been in the center of trade talks since the Cavaliers were eliminated by the Celtics in the second round of the playoffs. However, Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports said that the team will not entertain offers for any of their "core four" players. Mitchell had a strong season last year, during which he averaged 26.6 points, 6.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
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