As the Indiana Pacers continue deliberations on who to take with their No. 23 pick in the first round of the NBA draft, widespread speculation is focusing on 6-foot-9 small forward Tony Mitchell from North Texas.
The small forward spot could use some depth and firepower for the Pacers and Mitchell has been impressing draft experts as they continue to give him a good look.
He definitely appears to have the raw talent that would make him a suitable player on that position for the Pacers, although it would take a few seasons for him to mature into that spot. He averaged 32.4 minutes a game and had 13 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.7 block shots.
The shot blocks are what have drawn the eye of the Pacers and other teams. If he improves in that role, he’ll give Indiana’s defense more respectability.
His shooting needs to improve however, considering he’s at 44 percent from the floor, 30 percent in threes and 67.5 percent in free throws. They like the fact he’s a decent rebounder and plays the transition game well. Defensively, Mitchell will be able to guard multiple positions, which also is pleasing to prospective coaches. It’s also reported that Mitchell is active without the ball, creates opportunities for himself by making strong cuts to the basket and is a solid passer.
He seems to have what the Pacers need. Now it’s up for the Pacers to decide. They lost the NBA East Finals to the Miami Heat because they didn’t have enough help from the bench. Mitchell might help them in that respect.