Cleveland Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell walked into Tuesday night’s road game against Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks needing just 13 points to reach a scoring milestone — the 10,000th-point plateau.
Well, Donovan Mitchell made sure that the game won’t end without him joining an extremely exclusive NBA club of players who have racked up that many points in under 401 games or fewer, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Donovan Mitchell is the 4th-fastest active player to reach 10K points, trailing:
LeBron James (368 games)
Joel Embiid (373)
Kevin Durant (381)
This is Mitchell’s 410th game.
In addition to that, Donovan Mitchell is also now the fastest player in the history of the NBA to have 10,000 points and at least 1,000 3-pointers made, according to Kelsey Russo of The Athletic.
Truly, Donovan Mitchell is an elite bucket-getter in the NBA. He is explosive off the dribble and can attack defenses down the lane effectively. At the same time, he is a huge threat from around the perimeter. Mitchell is hard to slow down, let alone stop for NBA defenses. With someone like Donovan Mitchell leading the charge, it’s no wonder the Cavs have one of the most efficient offenses in the league.
The Cavaliers are already assured of a spot in the 2023 NBA Playoffs, but they can still improve their position in the Eastern Conference standings. They currently occupy the No. 6 spot in the East.
After this game versus the Hawks, Mitchell and the Cavs will prepare for another marquee matchup versus the New York Knicks on Friday at home.