Year one in a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey has been an unquestionable success for All-Star Donovan Mitchell. After scoring the most points in franchise history back in January (71), Mitchell has provided the offensive spark missing from last season’s excellent defensive squad.
And on Wednesday, Mitchell set another franchise record in Cleveland’s 104-100 victory over the Miami Heat. After drilling a three in the third quarter, Mitchell became the Cavaliers’ franchise leader in three-pointers made in a season, moving ahead of JR Smith.
Smith famously won a ring with the Cavs in 2016, all the while a 19-year-old Mitchell was a self-proclaimed “Cavalier.”
“It’s an honor,” Mitchell said after the game, per Chris Fedor of cleveland.com. “The season he did it, I was a Cleveland Cavalier fan. I’m watching the Cavs on TV and screaming. To be able to say I’m part of history in this organization and a guy who lives not too far from me, I’ve worked out with him a thousand times, played pickup with him a thousand times, it’s truly special.”
Mitchell also threw out an apology to Smith.
“Swish, sorry I had to do it to you but it’s a full-circle moment for me and I really appreciate it,” Mitchell said.
Smith was an integral part of that championship winning Cavs squad. He poured in a total of 204 threes that season, hitting 40% of them. Further, he was Cleveland’s starting two-guard, starting all 77 games that he appeared in that season.
Smith Sounds Off on Playing with LeBron James
Smith wasn’t the lone standout on that championship Cavs squad. In fact, he was the team’s fourth option offensively, behind stars LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving.
Recently, Smith shared his experience of playing alongside LeBron, calling it both a “gift and a curse.”
“… Honestly, it’s a gift and a curse playing with Bron. I love Bron to death, and I love playing on his team because, for me, I feel like I thrive more under the pressure,” Smith said, per Jenna Lemoncelli of the New York Post. “But a lot of guys don’t like it because it can go one of two ways.
While Smith is no longer in the NBA, LeBron still carries the torch, hunting for championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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