Leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27, Nick Mancini will be profiling the top 20 players available. The Cleveland Cavaliers currently own pick Nos. 1, 19, 31 and 33. Follow Nick on Twitter @nickmance.
No. 20. Tony Mitchell – North Texas, Sophomore SF, 6’-8”, 220 lbs
2013 stats – 13 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.7 BPG
As I write this, after the Cavs won the Lottery, I keep thinking; this won’t be as easy as the last two times they won the top pick.
But besides that top pick, they are also sitting at 19, where I think they have a great chance to get a guy who could provide an impact in 2013-14.
Rounding out the top 20 prospects this year is Tony Mitchell, a small forward from North Texas.
Mitchell, who could have declared after his freshman campaign, surprised many by returning for his sophomore season.
He didn’t put up the numbers many expected and actually regressed in most statistical categories. But he still remains a solid prospect. Mitchell has great size for a “3” and is an excellent athlete.
For a player standing 6'8", he has great speed and quickness with a solid motor. He uses his athleticism to get most of his points and has no problem playing above the rim. He also rebounds the ball extremely well and is a solid shot blocker.
Defensively, he can really be a force. He has the size to guard the post and the quickness to guard the perimeter. Add that to his shot blocking ability and there may be something interesting. But, as is the case with many players entering the league, he is very raw offensively.
He doesn’t have the best jumper nor does he have great range. Many times this season, he seemed to drift mentally and was content to stand around the perimeter. It also doesn’t help he missed significant time due to academic issues. Teams will definitely look into those issues.
Mitchell is truly an interesting prospect. In one aspect, his athleticism is off the charts. But looking at him physically, teams will wonder why he didn’t dominate the Sun Belt Conference. If he performs well in workouts, he should be a fist round pick.
With the Cavs sitting at 19, Mitchell will probably be there. I’m not sure he’s the right fit for them at the “3” even though the desperately need one. If they get a small forward in this draft, I would prefer one who is a more consistent scorer who can step out and make a jump shot.
We all know, the Cavs need someone who can hit some open shots. I’m not sure that someone is Mitchell.