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Jazzman Donovan Mitchell named Rookie of the Month -- again

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives around Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, right, in the first half during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

(KUTV) For the third consecutive month, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has been named West Conference Rookie of the Month, this time for his play in February.

The Jazz were 9-2 in the month with eight of the wins coming during an 11-game winning streak that started in January. Mitchell, at 6-3 and 215 pounds, averaged 21.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals in over 34 minutes a game during February. He also became the first rookie in NBA history to lead his team in scoring during an 11-game streak. Wilt Chamberlain did it for 10 games in the 1959 - 1960 season.

For the season Mitches is averaging and league rookie best 19.6 points, 3.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in his 50 starts in 58 games played.

He has earned the award in December, January and February.

Philadelphia's Ben Simmons received the same honor in the NBA's Eastern Conference. The two players are considered the top contenders for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.

Mitchell also won the NBA's slam dunk contest during the league's All-Star weekend.

The aware was originally the NBA Rookie of the Month but split into Eastern and Western Conference awards in 2001 - 2002.

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