NBA Mock Draft 2013: Predicting Picks 21-30

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24. New York Knicks: Tony Mitchell, North Texas (PF)

Age: 21 (Sophomore)

Height/Weight: 6’9/236

February 26, 2012; Denver CO, USA; North Texas Mean Green forward Tony Mitchell (13) during the scond half against the Denver Pioneers at Magness Arena. Denver defeat North Texas, 64-52. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Mitchell has a solid frame for a power forward, something that will really help the Knicks’ depth if they grab him with the 24th overall pick. He has a 7’3 wingspan to boot, making him a highly-desirable physical specimen for his position.

Mitchell suffered a bit of a regression this past year however, dropping his draft stock. He regressed a lot offensively, showing lack of a go-to move in the post. He also struggled to consistently knock down shots.

Mitchell showed the smallest slip in defense, but he is still taking hits in the areas of effort and shot blocking. Fortunately, his size makes him serviceable at his position despite his issues.

At the end of the day, he Mitchell is a project player that will take some work. But the framework is there.