No. 2: Donovan Mitchell
For Donovan Mitchell, the month of November was a weird one. Mitchell battled a hamstring injury that cost him four consecutive games, and when he returned from it, he was not himself. In the last four games of the month, Mitchell shot a chilly 34 percent from the field. It was overall an inefficient month for him, as he had six total games where he shot below 40 percent from the field. This was a far cry from the beginning part of the season, where I thought Mitchell was a fringe MVP candidate after his blistering start to the year.
Fortunately, Mitchell had a huge game against the Magic, as he had 35 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. He was also extremely efficient as he shot 50 percent from the field, and 50 percent from the three-point line. It was a much needed bounce back for Mitchell, as he aims to break out of this mini-slump.
In order for the Cavaliers to rid themselves of this “average” label, Mitchell needs to continue to leave up to his name of Spida. He got off on the right foot in a big win against the Magic. Now, it is all about maintaining that level of efficiency throughout the month, as the Cavaliers continue their climb to the top of the East.