Detroit Pistons rookie Tony Mitchell turned a photo shoot into his own personal dunk contest on Tuesday, ripping off a couple of nasty slams that immediately went viral.
The second-rounder from North Texas offered up a remarkably clean two-ball dunk that would have garnered high scores in any competition, and then followed up with a a "Vince Carter Special" that we haven't seen since the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
These kinds of performances aren't new for Mitchell, who's been turning heads with above-the-rim acrobatics for a while now.
He threw down this nasty, posterizing one-hander in his final year at North Texas:
Apparently, Tony Mitchell is an excellent name for dunkers, as another player with the same moniker—this one a D-League player who spent this past summer with the Boston Celtics—won the D-League dunk contest in February.
Summer matchup to see: Tony Mitchell vs. Tony Mitchell. Pistons vs. Boston Monday. Boston's also high flyer: won D League slam dunk title— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) July 7, 2013
But don't get the two confused. The Pistons' Mitchell is the one making an early effort to market himself for the NBA's dunk contest with his recent showing. The campaign goes back a few weeks, as Mitchell also did damage for Detroit's Summer League team, victimizing any big man foolish enough to forget about him on the offensive boards.
Detroit's Tony Mitchell (as opposed to the Celtics' smaller version) with a massive tip dunk and stare over Fab Melo.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) July 8, 2013
Between Mitchell, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith, the Pistons are going to get some work done above the rim this year.