For the first, but more than likely not the last time in his NBA career, Donovan Mitchell is an All-Star.
The former Louisville star and Slam Dunk Contest champion was voted a Western Conference reserve by the league’s coaches. He earns the title while averaging a career-best 25.0 ppg for a Utah Jazz squad that is currently 32-15.
Sources: 2020 NBA All-Star reserves:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 30, 2020
East: Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Ben Simmons, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo, Domas Sabonis
West: Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, Brandon Ingram, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul
Earlier this season, Mitchell became the first player since LeBron James to register at least 4,500 points, 800 rebounds and 800 assists in his first 200 NBA games. That’s decent company.
Mitchell is just the sixth former Louisville player to be named an NBA All-Star, and the first since 1975. No former Cardinal has ever been an All-Star Game starter.
Former Louisville players on NBA All-Star rosters:— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) February 18, 2019
Jack Coleman -- 1955
Chuck Noble -- 1960
Butch Beard -- 1972
Wes Unseld -- 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975
Jim Price -- 1975
Congrats to Donovan on checking yet another box on his career accomplishment list.