Today, Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers is considered one of the best players in the league.
Despite the success he has found in the NBA and the clear talent he has, Mitchell didn’t always believe he’d become a basketball superstar.
He chatted with SiriusXM NBA Radio and revealed that he didn’t think he was good enough to make it playing professional ball.
Mitchell said he “would not have believed” that all of this was possible, even as his agents and others told him he was capable of great things.
"I would not have believed you."
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) October 17, 2023
Mitchell’s perspective has obviously changed quite a bit over the years and he now knows what he can achieve.
He gives credit to several people for that.
He mentioned that several established stars, such as Chris Paul and Paul George, played with him as he first entered the league and confirmed what his agents had said: he had legitimate talent and could go far.
He also said that the coaching staff of the Utah Jazz did a lot to improve his game and reveal to him his true abilities.
Head coach Quin Snyder obviously had a lot of faith in young Mitchell when he joined the team in 2017-18.
He handed him the ball and inspired him to try his hardest.
During Mitchell’s first year with the team, they went all the way to the Western Conference semifinals, which opened his eyes to how far he could go.
Since then, Mitchell’s belief in himself has only grown.
Now he is leading the Cavaliers and truly thinks his team can go all the way to the championship.
It took him a while but now Mitchell knows the sort of superstar he is.