Just watched a few of his games. I kind of like him (not #30 like him, but like him in the sense that I could see a path toward him becoming an NBA player, maybe even a contributing role player if things break right).There really are a bunch of decent guards available in the late 1st and early 2nd. Makes sense we'd be looking at Ayo, Butler, Bones and Deuce.
Matt Mitchell attended the Utah/Minnesota Combine. He must have made a good impression there. Not sure what he can do that Jarrell Brantley can't. His college numbers don't show that much. Mitchell measured at 6'4.5" / 239-lb with a 6'8.5" wingspan at the G-league Combine. He recorded a 32.5" max vertical.
- Body kind of in the PJ Tucker, Grant Williams mold
- Compared to both of those two, his offensive game has more true wing skills, particularly ballhandling and shot creating. Might be able to create a few midrange shots for himself as a tertiary threat, for example, against switching defenses. He draws fouls well, though I wonder if that will translate to the NBA level
- I think he knows how to play/feel the game on both ends (better than Brantley, for example). He makes some turnovers and will need to clean some of his skills up, but I think he's thinking the game at a decently high level
- I really like his defense. Maybe not quite Herb Jones level. But he can really sit down in a stance and guard. His off-ball defense seemed to be smart overall. He's thick, but he can move laterally. He can certainly switch 2-4, and I think he'll hold his own on both PGs (with his quickness) and Cs (with his strength) for small bursts.
- Like everyone else, he'll have to prove he can shoot, but I like his chances to be OK.
- He's not a great rebounder.
- I think he's fairly old
- Basically, he does a lot of things well, but nothing on an elite level. Those kinds of guys can often be high-end role players or never catch on. I think he has a better chance making it in a system like the Jazz's than with many teams' systems.