Donovan Mitchell


Full NameDonovan Corey Mitchell Jr

Nick NameSpida

BornSeptember 7, 1996

Height6 ft 3 in


RoleShooting Guard


Donovan Mitchell, aka “Spida”, is the current starting guard for the Cleveland

Cavaliers. He was drafted 13th in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. Along with Rudy Gobert the Jazz were looking to form a new duo and hoped it would click, but this was not the case the Jazz would end up trading both Mitchell and Gobert at the start of 2022-2023 Season. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and won the Slam Dunk Contest in 2018.

Early Life

Donavan Mitchell was born on September 7, 1996, to parents Donovan Sr. and Nicole in Elmsford, New York. His mother is of Panamanian descent and is a teacher. His father is a former Minor League Baseball player. With his father serving as a director of player relations for the New York Mets, Mitchell spent his childhood around Major League Baseball locker rooms. Mitchell has one younger sister named Jordan. He played AAU basketball for both The City and the Riverside Hawks programs out of New York City. He played baseball and basketball in his High School, but after an injury on the diamond he had to be on rest for a while, he missed the AAU tournament. For his junior and senior years, he was transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. Making basketball his focus and availing of Brewster's nationally prominent program, Mitchell garnered considerably more attention from college basketball coaches. During the summers he would play streetball in the famed Rucker Park and he even had a dunk showcased on Sports Centre at an event conducted by Under Armour. He eventually joined the University of Louisville and as a sophomore he averaged 15.6 points, 2.7 assists, and 4.9 rebounds per game. Donovan declared himself for the 2017 Draft based on his Sophomore performance.

NBA Journey

Donovan was initially drafted 13th by the Denver Nuggets and he was traded to the Utah Jazz for the 24 th Pick. He signed a 4 year rookie contract with the Jazz and he also signed with Adidas. He scored the most points during the 2017 Summer League (37). He also surpassed Karl Malone with most 20 point games by a rookie in a Jazz Uniform. He also won western conference player of the month for December. He replaced Aaron Gordon in the Slam Dunk Contest and won it. He is also the second rookie to win this after Zach Lavine.

Donovan had two consecutive 40 point games as a rookie and the only other person to do it after Allen Iverson. In his first Playoff Performance, he recorded 27 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. He was injured in game two but still ended up having 28 points and took the Jazz to the second round by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder. Mitchell set a new record for points by a shooting guard in the team's first two postseason games with 55 points, breaking Michael Jordan's record of 53 points. His 171 points in the series were the third-most ever by a rookie in his first six playoff games, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain. He was named to the NBA All Rookie First Team.

Donovan had an ok Sophomore season, he had career high 46 points twice during this year. The jazz would eventually get knocked out by the Rockets in 5 games during the first round. During the 2019-2020 season which was shortened due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The league came up with the bubble idea. Mitchell scored 57 points in a 125–135 overtime loss to the Nuggets, the third most in playoff history.Six days later, he scored 51 points to join Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson as the only players to score 50 or more points twice in a playoff series.

In the 2020-2021 season, Mitchell and the Jazz have the best record in the west and secure home court advantage, they end up winning the first round against the Grizzlies and end up losing against the Clippers in the second round.

Donovan Mitchell Records

  • He is a Slam Dunk Champion (2018).

  • All NBA Rookie First Team

  • Only the third rookie in history to have 171 points behind Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain in the first 6 playoff games.

  • Third Rookie to have consecutive 50 point games after Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson.

Donovan Mitchell Net Worth

Donovan Mitchell is worth around $ 20 million, at the start of the 2020 offseason he signed a rookie max extension paying him at least $163 million with an incentivized maximum of $195 million. He earns a whopping $42,440,286 in Salary in the NBA till date. He has a shoe deal with Adidas where he is making almost $5 million to $15 million.

Donovan Mitchell Family

Donovan has a younger sister named Jordan. He is also the son of a former minor league baseball player in Donovan Sr. He broke his wrist while going for a catch, this made him concentrate on basketball more and he gave his everything to basketball. He wears number 45 as his jersey number because when Michael Jordan came back from playing baseball he wore number 45.

Popularly Asked Questions

Mitchell has his own shoe line with Adidas, a few of the shoes he wears are Donovan Mitchell’s D.O.N issue 1,2, 3 and Pro Vision.

They are not worth a lot right now, but an All Star in the making can become MVP one day. Might win a championship also with the caliber he possesses.

They cost anywhere between $60- $100.

Adidas makes his shoes. He has a deal with them.

No he is currently healthy and is playing very well for the Cavs.

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