Tony Mitchell Picked by Detroit Pistons: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'Brien@@DanielO_BRFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

February 26, 2012; Denver CO, USA;  North Texas Mean Green forward Tony Mitchell (13) brings the ball upcourt during the first half against the North Texas Mean Green at Magness Arena. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-USA TODAY Sports
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With the No. 37 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Detroit Pistons selected Tony Mitchell from the University of North Texas.

Here's everything you need to know about Mitchell:

Physical Tools

Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Mitchell's physical attributes:

Tony Mitchell might be the most explosive pound-for-pound athlete in the entire field. At 6'9'', 236 pounds, he's got a strong upper body with cut, toned arms.

Mitchell also has a ridiculous 7'2.5'' wingspan and a 38'' max vertical leap. When you mix those numbers together, you get the second-highest max vertical reach of anyone at the combine, and fifth highest in the field.

With a max vertical reach of 12'0.5'', Mitchell can catch lobs nearly two feet above the rim.

Getting to Know Tony Mitchell  

Mitchell is a low-key guy and a hard worker. He wasn't able to play his freshman campaign at Missouri due to high school transcript NCAA eligibility issues, but he bounced back from that both in the classroom and on the court.


NBA Player Comparison

If Mitchell achieves his ceiling, he will be an inside-out forward much like Shawn Marion. Marion could use his athleticism to slash, score deep in the paint and shoot from outside.

His basement compares to a more skilled version of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams.


Pro Predictions

It will take Mitchell some time to adjust to his ideal role, as his physical gifts will do most of the work during his first couple seasons. His production will be limited to transition buckets and explosive drives to the rim.

Bringing his jumper out to NBA range is a priority. If he successfully does it, he will be a versatile combo forward rather than the tweener some are concerned about.

Be patient with him, because his long-term potential is tremendous. He's the type of player who could average 20-plus points and eight boards while defending both forward positions.