Whether he wins the NBA Rookie of the Year award doesn’t really matter. If his spectacular first season is any indication of what’s to come, Donovan Mitchell should have a long and productive career. Now, the jersey he wore in his first playoff game is on the auction block with bidding expected to stretch into five figures.
NBA Auctions is offering the jersey in an online sale that includes numerous other playoff jerseys.
The 21-year-old Utah Jazz star wore the jersey during the a 116-108 Round 1, Game 1 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 15 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. In his NBA Playoffs debut, Mitchell recorded a Double-Double. He played 34 minutes and registered a team-high 27 points with three assists, a team-high 10 rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
Mitchell was the 13th pick of the Denver Nuggets in the 2017 NBA Draft but was traded to the Jazz that night. He averaged over 20 points, 3.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds during the regular season, then helped the Jazz knock the Thunder out of the playoffs. He bruised his foot during Game 1 and was questionable for Game 2, but was cleared to play and scored 28 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter as Utah evened the series they would eventually win. Mitchell scored 171 points in his first six playoff games, the third most by a rookie in NBA history, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain.
Bidding continues through June 14 at NBAAuctions.com.