|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: North Texas PF Tony Mitchell||06.23.13 at 5:58 pm ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.
Position: Power forward
School: North Texas
Weight: 213 pounds
Achievements: All-Sun Belt second team (2013), All-Sun Belt first team (2012), Sun Belt All-Tournament team (2012), Sun Belt Freshman of the Year (2012)
Key 2012-13 stats: 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.7 blocks
What he brings: According to SB Nation’s scouting report of Mitchell, he has “the size of a power forward and the athleticism of a shooting guard.” He has a 7-foot-3 wingspan and is an explosive leaper, making him an excellent shot-blocker and rebounder. He is strong around the rim and fights through contact to score from in close. He shot 43.9 percent from 3-point range his freshman year at North Texas.
His numbers dropped during his sophomore season of 2012-13. The knock on him is that he was lazy on defense last season and tended to stand and watch on the defensive glass. Mitchell also struggled with defensive positioning at times and got lost in dead ball situations. He is a raw prospect but could be the steal of the draft depending on how he responds to a professional environment.
Notes: Mitchell, who hails from Dallas, committed to play at Missouri out of high school in 2010. However, he had some NCAA issues related to his academics (due mainly to a stint at Center of Life Christian Academy in Miami, a non-accredited prep school), so he instead chose to play as a partial qualifier at North Texas. If he is selected in the first round, he will be the first player to spend his entire college basketball playing at North Texas to do so.
Video: Here is a highlight video of Mitchell.
And here is a feature video on Mitchell finding his home in North Texas.
|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Alabama F Tony Mitchell||06.11.12 at 2:14 pm ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.
Position: Small forward
Weight: 213 pounds
Achievements: MVP of Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament (2011), second-team All-SEC (2011), SEC All-Freshman team (2010)
Key 2011-12 stats: 13.1 points, 7.0 rebounds in 22 games
What he brings: Mitchell has the physical gifts and athleticism that make him a prototypical wing player at the NBA level. His long wingspan makes him a strong asset on the defensive end of the floor. He averaged 7.2 defensive rebounds and 1.3 steals per game last season, and his defensive prowess can lead to forced turnovers that Mitchell converts into highlight dunks.
Mitchell’s offensive arsenal is very limited, and his versatility on that end of the floor will be questioned at the next level. He averaged only 50.5 percent on two-pointers in 2011-12, although he did improve his mid-range ability, but his mechanics are still in development. His 3-point and free throw shooting also need to improve for him to be a volatile long-term NBA player.
On offense, Mitchell struggles to create his own shot, and he relies on dunks and catch-and-shoot situations for his offensive production. His ball-handling is less than average and he’ll need to work on improving his left hand and creativity to create offense for himself, especially at the NBA level.
Where the Celtics could get him: If he is drafted, Mitchell is expected to go late in the second round.
Notes: In February, Mitchell was suspended for the remainder of the season by Crimson Tide coach Anthony Grant for conduct detrimental to the team. Mitchell decided to enter the NBA draft this year instead of returning to school and trying to finish his collegiate career on a positive note.
Video: Here’s a compilation of Mitchell’s five dunks against Georgetown early last season.