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Donovan Mitchell named Western Conference Rookie of the Month


New Orleans Pelicans v Utah Jazz Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Former Cardinal Donovan Mitchell and current Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has been named the NBA’s Western Conference Rookie of the Month for December.

Mitchell led all rookies in scoring (23.1 ppg) and steals (1.77 spg) in 13 games during December, and his 88.2 free throw percentage (45-of-51) was the highest mark among first-year players with more than 20 attempts. He also ranked third among Western Conference rookies in field goal percentage (50.7) and fourth in assists (3.8 apg).

The 21-year-old guard opened the month by scoring 41 points in a 114-108 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 1, a Jazz rookie record and the first 40-point game by an NBA rookie since Blake Griffin in January 2011. Mitchell scored more than 25 points seven times in December.

Congrats to Donovan.