Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Mock Draft 4.0: Mitchell to Knicks
By Ian Begley
In his latest mock draft, NBA senior writer Chad Ford has the Knicks taking forward Tony Mitchell with the 24th pick in the first round.
Here is Ford's analysis:
The Knicks have never shied away from taking a risk on a player. Mitchell has the upside of a top-10 pick, but he was in an awful situation in North Texas last season and might have responded as well as he could have. He's an elite athlete and a terrific rebounder -- the Knicks could use both in its frontcourt.
Here's our take:
Mitchell could certainly help the Knicks on the front line. He missed his first two seasons with academic issues, which may be a red flag for some, but he's an explosive leaper with a great motor. He's also a strong rebounder who can also guard multiple positions, which would help the Knicks defend the pick and roll. One thing Mitchell needs to improve, according to his profile on ESPN.com, is the range on his jump shot.