HoopsHype Tony Mitchell rumors

November 26, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has assigned forward Tony Mitchell to the team’s NBA Development League (D-League) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. Mitchell, drafted 37th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, appeared in 21 games for the Pistons last season averaging 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. He also had two D-League assignments last season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and averaged 7.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 10 games. NBA.com

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So let Gigi Datome take some of it. And Tony Mitchell. And Peyton Siva, who already has been playing increased minutes at point guard and saw extensive playing time in two wins before the debacle here. Jennings said it's time for more. "I think, at this point, it's important that we play the young guys," he said after missing his first 10 field-goal attempts. "Let the young guys get some time, let them see what it is to play 35 minutes a night in the NBA." Booth Newspapers

March 16, 2014 Updates

Fittingly, Tony Mitchell's brief run in the NBA ended just as Alabama's basketball season ended just a few hundred yards away. The former Crimson Tide star's 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks expired after a game against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday. They play in Phillips Arena, separated by a plaza from the Georgia Dome where Alabama lost to LSU in the SEC tournament. Mitchell didn't see much action in his brief stay in the big leagues. Birmingham News

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The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free-agent forward Tony Mitchell (6-6, 216) to a 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Mitchell is the 28th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2013-14 season from the NBA D-League. NBA.com

March 3, 2014 Updates

The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to sign D-League Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward Tony Mitchell to a 10-day contract on Tuesday, sources told Yahoo Sports. Mitchell averaged 19.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 21 games this season, his second with the Mad Ants. The former Alabama star was the 2013 D-League Rookie of the Year, a 2013 D-League All-Star and is a two-time winner of the D-League dunk contest. He scored a season-high 35 points against Canton on Jan. 31 and had games with 47 and 49 points last season. Yahoo! Sports

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The field has yet to be announced, but Ross, who has known since he won a year ago that he would be back to defend, has some general and very definite ideas of who he would like to see in the competition. First the general — “I don’t know, somebody I could beat,” he said laughing at his own little joke. Specifically though, the first name that Ross came up with in terms of guys he would like to see challenge him was Detroit’s Tony Mitchell. Now Mitchell isn’t exactly a household name in the NBA yet, but then again neither was Ross a year ago when he won. “In my opinion, if he gets in it he’ll be in the position I was in last year,” Ross said. “Nobody kind of knows he can dunk, I mean they know he can dunk, but they don’t know what he can do. I know he’s a freak athlete from what I’ve heard.” Toronto Sun

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Averaging 1.8 minutes of playing time in those four games when the outcomes had been long decided. Only 21 years old and learning to navigate being a professional basketball player as a rookie. Such a player would seemingly be a candidate for the NBA Development League. But that’s not the case with Pistons rookie Tony Mitchell. Barring a rash of injuries, the athletic power forward from North Texas will likely spend his rookie season learning the game with the Pistons. So a stint with the team’s D-League affiliate Ft. Wayne probably won’t happen. Detroit Free Press

The Pistons believe it’s better if Mitchell remains in their environment. He faces better competition in practice with the Pistons than anything he would see in Ft. Wayne. Detroit Free Press

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Mitchell has already turned some heads this year, when he put on a dunking exhibition at the annual NBA rookie photo shoot. That already has Mitchell being touted as a potential dunk champion. "I really have expectations of just attempting to play, trying to build minutes and build confidence in myself and my teammates and my coaching staff," said Mitchell, the Pistons' second-round pick (37th overall) in last summer's draft. "I really want to win this dunk contest. But if I can't get in it, I just want to play basketball and have fun. It's a blessing to be out there. We'll see. We'll see." Booth Newspapers

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