LOS ANGELES (ABC4 Sports) – Utah Jazz sensation Donovan Mitchell may not have won NBA Rookie of the Year, but he did win and ESPY Wednesday night for Best Breakthrough Athlete.
As voted by the fans, Mitchell beat out Rookie of the Year winner Ben Simmons, New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and tennis star Sloane Stephens.
“A little over a year ago, I was contemplating whether or not I should even enter the NBA Draft, and if I was good enough,” Mitchell said during his acceptance speech, sporting a spider web jacket. “My message is to the kids watching, don’t let anybody put limits on what you can do. People love to do that nowadays. Enjoy life, enjoy your passion, whether it’s sports or whatever it may be. Don’t let anybody put a limit on yourself. You’re as good as you can be.”
Mitchell apparently forget to thank his Jazz teammates and coaches, but later tweeted out, “One thing I didn’t do was thank my teammates and the organization!! Without you guys I wouldn’t even be in this spot and this position I love y’all man thank you for all your support!!!”
Mitchell led all NBA rookies in scoring at 20.5 points per game, and led the Jazz to the second round of the playoffs.
Mitchell is the first Utah Jazz player to win and ESPY award.