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Donovan Mitchell ties a franchise record held by Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone

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Rookie Donovan Mitchell is the one bright spark in what has been a difficult campaign for the Utah Jazz this season as he's proving to be the best player in his draft class.

The shooting guard has been a revelation for the franchise and is their leading scorer this year averaging 18.8 points per game.

He is one of the steals of the draft after falling outside of the top 10 to number 13 and credit must go to the Jazz for identifying and selecting him.

Mitchell has a bright future ahead of him and already has the makings of a star in the NBA for years to come.

The 21-year-old continues to enhance his growing reputation with each game and produced a historic display against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night to illustrate this further.

After finishing the game with 35 points, Mitchell tied legend Karl Malone for the most games of 20+ points by a rookie in franchise history.

It was the 18th time the Louisville product put up this stat line and placed himself alongside a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest players the league has ever seen.

The Mailman set this record during the 1985-86 NBA season but it says a lot for Mitchell that he has tied this feat in just the 42nd game of the campaign for the Salt Lake City outfit.

It's almost a certainty that the young guard will break the record fairly soon as he's become the go-to guy offensively for the Jazz and has been getting buckets with relative ease throughout the campaign.

As well as his 18.8 points a night, the man nicknamed 'Spida' is also posting 3.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game in 31 minutes of action.

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He's also shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from three-point range, which are steady numbers for a first-year player.

Unfortunately, his efforts in Charlotte didn't result in a win for Utah as they fell to a 99-88 loss.

The team struggled to find much offence outside of Mitchell and relied too heavily on him with their second-leading scorer Rodney Hood posting 15 points but shooting just 4-of-13.

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It once again illustrates the need for them to look to bring in more scoring options via the trade market and reports this week have revealed that they are in discussions with the Chicago Bulls to acquire Nikola Mirotic, who is having a career year.

They have fallen to 17-25 in the west and their playoff hopes this season are getting slimmer with each defeat.

Despite their struggles, however, the one positive continues to be Mitchell and they know that whatever happens moving forward, they have a talented player to build their team around.

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Karl Malone
Western Conference
NBA
Northwest Division
Rudy Gobert
Utah Jazz
Derrick Favors

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