The NBA Finals are set, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meeting for a fourth consecutive year. However, these NBA playoffs have been notable for the stellar performances that rookies Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons, and Jayson Tatum put on.
*All stats below are from Basketball-Reference and do not include anything before the 1964 playoffs unless stated otherwise.
Donovan Mitchell (10) and Jayson Tatum (2) both finished this postseason in the top 10 among total points scored in the NBA playoffs by a rookie player. I also induced Ben Simmons below, with his ranking in parentheses. Players whose names are bolded are in the Hall of Fame.
*Information in the table below starts with 1947 playoffs.
|Player||Year||Age||Games Played||Total Points||PPG|
|Ben Simmons (46)||2018||21||10||163||15.9|
Mitchell and Tatum became the first rookies to score this many points during the playoffs since Magic Johnson in 1980.
Total Assists, Rebounds, Steals, and Blocks
*Information in tables below starts with 1947 playoffs for rebound and assists. Steals and blocks were not recorded until the 1974 playoffs.
|Total Rebounds||Rank for Total Rebounds||Rebounds per game|
|Total Assists||Rank for Total Assists||Assists per game|
|Total Steals||Rank for Total Steals||Steals per game|
|Total Blocks||Rank for Total Blocks||Blocks per game|
|20+ point games||Double-Doubles||Triple-Doubles|
*Had two games scoring over 30 points.
Jayson Tatum’s 28 points in the Celtics game one win over the 76ers in the second-round were the third most scored by a rookie in franchise history. He is also the youngest rookie to score that many points in a playoff game.
Donovan Mitchell’s 38 points in game six of the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder were tied for the fourth most scored by a rookie. He also had four of the top five games in Jazz playoff history in terms of points scored by a rookie.
Ben Simmons became only the fourth different rookie (8th instance) to record a triple-double in the playoffs. His 24 points in game two of the 76ers first-round loss to the Miami Heat was tied for the fifth most scored by a rookie for the franchise. He also joined a small group of rookies to record at least four double-doubles in the playoffs.
|Player||Year||# of double-doubles|
All table made using Google Spreadsheets