It was a homecoming for Mitchell, who was born in suburban Westchester County, and although he admitted he was motivated to be back in the Tri-State Area, he made it clear that he is very happy to be in The Land.
Donovan Mitchell on if there was any extra excitement or anticipation for him to play at MSG tonight after the on-again, off-again trade discussions with the Knicks this summer before he was traded to Cleveland: pic.twitter.com/PgSaeQGIY1
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) December 5, 2022
During the summer, as Mitchell trade rumors were running rampant, most of them had him going back to New York to play for the Knicks.
But the Knicks and Utah Jazz could never come to terms on a deal, which opened up a serendipitous door for the up-and-coming Cavs to snatch him.
Mitchell Has Taken The Land By Storm
Simply put, Mitchell has been a revelation for the Cavs and their fan base, and it is fair to say he is playing the best basketball of his life.
Through 22 games, the three-time All-Star is averaging 28.4 points per game on 48.8 percent shooting from the field and 42.1 percent from 3-point range, all of which are career highs for him.
He had a 41-point performance in a win versus the league-leading Boston Celtics on Oct. 28, and he has put up 38 points on two other occasions.
For the first time since LeBron James‘ second departure, the Cavs have a star who inspires not only concern but also fear in opponents.
Mitchell has teamed up with Darius Garland, who made his first All-Star team last season, to give Cleveland what more and more people consider to be the best backcourt in the NBA.