Donovan Mitchell, De’Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum Receive Big Extension
We are in the offseason in which the 2017 draft class cashes in.
Early on in this year’s offseason De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics, and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz have all received their rookie scale extensions.
The extension is worth a life-changing $195-million over five years.
Donovan Mitchell is 1 of 7 players in last 25 seasons to avg 20+ PPG each of his first 3 seasons (LeBron, KD, Embiid, Melo, Duncan, Iverson).
He also joined Michael Jordan and Bob McAdoo as the only players to avg 36+ PPG in a single postseason in their age-23 season or younger. pic.twitter.com/puV3ZmwJVv
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 22, 2020
All three former lottery picks have very quickly transformed into stars on the NBA level.
Donovan Mitchell has simply been excellent right out of the gate. After climbing up draft boards in the Summer of 2018, he became a lottery pick and immediately ascended into core piece status for the Jazz organization, averaging at least 20 points per game in each of his first three NBA seasons. In 2020, he was named to his first All-Star team after averaging 24 points per game this past season.
Tatum also earned his first All-Star appearance this past season after elevating his game and simply becoming one of the best players in the entire Eastern Conference. In a career year, Tatum averaged 23.4 points and seven boards per game, helping lead the Celtics to the Conference Finals.
Lastly, the shifty Fox has quietly turned himself into a rising star in this with the Kings. Averaging a career-high 21.1 points and 6.8 assists per game.
With Fox, Tatum, and Mitchell locked up long term, the future of these three organizations are in good hands!