Mitchell has been in an entirely different stratosphere this season, and he continued his scorching start to the season by averaging 31 points per game last week, including three straight games of 30 or more. We all thought his debut season was absolutely stellar. He did finish as a member of the All-NBA Second team, averaged a career-high in points, field goal percentage, and three-point percentage. Maybe that loss to the New York Knicks in the playoffs hurts him more than he is letting on.
Through seven games (of which he’s appeared in six), Mitchell looks like an MVP candidate. He is tied for the league lead in scoring at 32.5 points per game, while shooting a scintillating 54 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. Add to that him averaging six assists and two steals per game, and Mitchell has the numbers to back up his case.
The Cavs are also now fully healthy, so expect them to start stacking wins here in the early going. Yes, the season is only seven games young, and this is a marathon, not a sprint. That said, it’s clear Mitchell has his running shoes on, and only seems to be getting stronger as the season continues.
The Cleveland Cavaliers seem to be turning a corner from a health perspective, and player perspective. They finally showed signs of the team they can be this season this past week. Now, it is all about keeping the train rolling as they embark on a four-game Western trek for Week Three.