Donovan Mitchell on Legendary Playoff Scoring Pace

"Points Per Minute" just might be the most accurate means of determining a player's scoring value in the NBA. It doesn't leave a lot of room for argument. 

When it comes to the playoffs (and regular-season, of course), it's no surprise that Michael Jordan is the all-time leader in points per minute scoring, at .80. 

Now let's see where Utah Jazz superstar Donovan Mitchell fits in on the all-time list:

It's still early in Donovan Mitchell's career, but he is off to a prodigious start, at this point scoring .78 points per minute in his playoff life... And an even more off-the-charts 1.01 points-per-minute this post-season.

And the historic numbers just keep on coming for Mitchell:

Mitchell is tied with Allen Iverson for 4th all-time for scoring 25 points or more in one half in a playoff game. You might have heard of the other three on this list: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. 

And when it comes to the more standard points-per-game (PPG) measurement, Mitchell's young playoff career once again ranks with the all-time greats:

His 28.4 PPG leaves him behind only MJ, AI, KD, Jerry West and LeBron. 

There are a lot of things the Los Angeles Clippers need to wrap their heads around as they trail the Jazz 2-0 in their second-round series. But if they can't figure out how to slow down the playoff brilliance of Donovan Mitchell, the Clippers will be doomed to another quick playoff exit. 

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