Recent Cleveland Cavaliers trade acquisition Donovan Mitchell was introduced to the Cleveland media earlier this week as “the man of the hour,” and he certainly made a big impression. He was traded here to the Cavaliers from the Utah Jazz and seems like he is very excited to be here. The youngster was a star with his old team, helping them reach the playoffs these past five years.
Now Mitchell gets in another opportunity with a new group to see if he can continue his winning ways. Cleveland is banking on that pattern of success, so here are three ways that the former Louisville Cardinal makes these Cavaliers even better.
No. 3 way Cavs are better with Mitchell: He brings playoff experience
Mitchell just turned 26 years old, and you wouldn’t think that someone that young would be considered one of the elders on the team but considering that the majority of his teammates are still under the age of 23, he is.
At his recent press conference, dressed more like a college professor with glasses, Mitchell talked a lot about how he could help these young Cavaliers moving forward.
He’s made the playoffs every year of his career, which includes 39 playoff games where he averaged over 28 points a game. Cleveland hopes that that trend continues with Mitchell draped in Wine and Gold. The youth of this team that includes two All-Stars in Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen and a third player on his way to fame in Evan Mobley were already very close to making the playoffs. Now with the acquisition of Mitchell, it’s almost a 100% guarantee.
That idea of experience was discussed at this most recent press conference where the Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff talked about how his team had games last year that they couldn’t close out because they didn’t have the knowledge or past experiences.
Now with Mitchell, they have that veteran who has been through those experiences and has learned to lead his team to the postseason. That’s what the Cavs are banking on with this enormous trade one that Koby Altman, the Cavs President of Basketball Operations, says is probably one of the biggest in franchise history.