HoopsHype Tony Mitchell rumors

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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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With just two days remaining before the 2013 NBA Draft, the Clippers are conducting their final group workout Tuesday morning at the team’s training facility. Potential first-round pick Tony Mitchell of North Texas is the top rated prospect attending. He averaged 9.3 rebounds in 55 college games and entered the NBA as a sophomore after becoming one of the best high school players in the nation in 2010. Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota) and Elias Harris (Gonzaga), two more athletic rebounders, will join Mitchell along with guards Ian Clark (Belmont) and Peyton Siva, who led Louisville to the 2013 NCAA title. NBA.com

The Timberwolves concluded predraft workouts on Monday, bringing North Texas forward Tony Mitchell to Target Center for a morning session and some lunch. With the clock ticking toward Thursday’s NBA draft, Wolves new President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders sounded like a guy ready to keep the night’s ninth pick — perhaps to select Georgia shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — rather than give what few assets he has to trade in an attempt to move up for a chance at Indiana’s Victor Oladipo or Kansas’ Ben McLemore. “We’re not going to deplete our whole talent pool,” Saunders said. “There are good players in this draft, but right now, there are not impact players, no one you look at who within two years will be an All-Star, like Kyrie Irving was. There are good players, probably pretty good players, but are they going to be that All-Star or future Hall of Famer? In order to dilute your talent pool, you’ve got to get an impact-type player.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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