NBADraft.net: Tony Mitchell
Vitals: PF, 21 years old, North Texas University, Sophomore, 6’9″.
Stats: 13.0 PPG, .440 FG%, .675 FT%, 8.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 2.7 BPG, 1.0 SPG, 2.4 TO, 32.4 MPG.
Tony Mitchell is an athletic power forward with the tools to potentially play some small forward in the pros. Touted as a huge sleeper pick, many point towards Mitchell’s inherent ability to attract lobs from all over the court. Noted as a great open court player, Mitchell’s athletic, fast style could be a great fit with a roster that, for the most part, proved to be slow and methodical this past season.
NBADraft.net notes that he’s a relentless rebounder on both sides of the ball, but that his intensity gets the best of him sometimes. They say that Mitchell plays with passion, and while he has had trouble containing it, a player with that type of motor is needed in Brooklyn.
At 22nd, Mitchell would be welcomed, but his spot in the rotation would be up for grabs. Does he take away Toko Shengelia’s fleeting 13th-man minutes? Does Mirza Teletovic move to the bench permanently? With Andray Blatche potentially a starting PF (if he stays), drafting Mitchell would leave the Nets with five power forwards (Blatche, Teletovic, Evans, Humphries, and Mitchell) and only one center (Brook Lopez).
One more question: Why did Mitchell’s production, after a promising freshman year, drop almost across the board in his sophomore season?
The Nets could also use a solid shooter…