Tony Mitchell Will Have Least Impact Of All Detroit Pistons Rookies

By John Raffel
Andrew B. Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Mitchell needs to have an impressive preseason if he’s going to play a key role for the Detroit Pistons early in the NBA season.

Mitchell will be the least used of the three Detroit rookies unless injuries or some other circumstances deplete the Pistons lineup of forwards and opens up a spot for Mitchell. While Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Peyton Siva will see some action, Mitchell has to find a spot as a forward, which won’t be easy with the offseason additions of Luigi Datome and Josh Smith.

That doesn’t mean Mitchell doesn’t have the talent to make it in the NBA. The North Texas product showed potential in the Summer League, although it’s a whole new game in preseason camp. Mitchell showed during summer basketball that he’s worth taking a look at, and the Pistons are hoping he will exceed expectations.

Mitchell was worth being taken in the NBA draft, considering he averaged 13 points, 2.7 block shots and 8.5 rebounds a game his final year at North Texas.

He had around nine points and seven rebounds an outing in summer ball, but Mitchell will now get a taste of real NBA action against some of the best players in the world. It could be a very competitive preseason for the Pistons since many spots will be open on both the first and second rotations. Mitchell’s hope is to get a shot at frequent performances in the second unit.

John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @JohnCarlRaffel, Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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