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Donovan Mitchell sets record for most 3-pointers in rookie season

As Mitchell finds himself in a low-key beef with Sixers guard Ben Simmons, he's shooting lights out as the leader of an unlikely playoff team.


Kahron Spearman


In the Utah Jazz' big blowout 119-79 victory over a struggling Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, rookie of the year candidate Donovan Mitchell netted 22 points and set an NBA rookie record for 3-pointers. 

The Louisville product went 4 of 5 from deep and now has 186 threes this season, eclipsing Damian Lillard's record for a first-year player.

Golden State never led at any point and shot just 35 percent from the field.

For me, I would go with Donovan just for the simple fact: I think he's a true rookie. With Ben, I think just having NBA training, eating like a pro, watching film like a pro, I think all that makes a difference. Not taking away anything that he's doing because he's having a fantastic year, and I think he'll be one of the faces of this league for years to come. But for me, what Donovan has done, just coming straight out of college and doing what he's doing, would give him the nod for me.

"I am actually thrilled for him that he did that," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said, per ESPN. "He has been our guy, offensively, all year who we have relied on. He's unselfish, which makes the guys around him better."

Mitchell has been ensconced in a mini-beef with Ben Simmons, on what a rookie is or isn't. Mitchell is a true first-year rookie; Simmons sat a year with a foot injury, and had the benefit of the NBA lifestyle. 

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