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Davion Mitchell named Co-MVP of NBA Summer League

Mitchell shares the honor with Brooklyn's Cam Thomas

The NBA announced Wednesday that Davion Mitchell and Cam Thomas have been named Co-MVPs of Summer League by a voting panel of media members.

Mitchell was also voted to the All-Summer League First Team. Due to ties in the votes, the first team ended up with seven players instead of the traditional five.

It's great to see Mitchell honored for his work in Summer League. He set the tone for the Sacramento Kings summer squad on their way to the Summer League championship. Louis King was named MVP of the championship game.

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Kosta
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August 18, 2021 9:47 am

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….Ok, things may have gotten a little out of hand yesternight in Vegas with the championship jokes.

To be serious, I think there’s only one thing Adam Silver can do at this point:

Grant Sacramento a second NBA franchise, the second being this Summer League roster, or if that is too many teams in California then contraction the L*kers out of the league.

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HoustonJP
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August 18, 2021 12:19 pm
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You are on a roll. Keep it up.

Carl
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August 18, 2021 9:48 am

Good work!

Carl
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August 18, 2021 9:57 am

Mitchell’s offensive stats from the Las Vegas Summer League:
24.8 MPG
10.8 PTS
42.3% FG%
47.1% 3P% (3.4 3P attempts)
28.6% FT% (1.4 FT attempts)
1.4 REB
5.8 AST
1.4 TOV
1.0 STL

Obviously, the man defense doesn’t show up in the box score.

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August 18, 2021 10:02 am
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Free throws ain’t so free.

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August 18, 2021 12:33 pm
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It’s a free THROW, not a free MAKE!

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August 20, 2021 5:02 pm
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He has a form problem with FT’s- he flips it instead of shooting it.

VladeRunner2049
August 18, 2021 10:28 am
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So he was 2/7 from the line? He’s not a good free throw shooter but he’s not THIS bad haha

Carl
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August 18, 2021 10:34 am

Yeah, not much to be taken from 7 free throws, but 65.7% in college.

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August 18, 2021 10:47 am
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With his defense, I can live with him being a 70-75% shooter from the stripe.

Carl
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August 18, 2021 1:05 pm
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Agreed. I’ll live with less if he’s otherwise better than say, Corey Joseph on offense.

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August 18, 2021 12:52 pm
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same in HS, he hasn’t improved his FT % in about 7 years of trying

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August 18, 2021 11:27 am
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It would be great if our guards could hit free throws but he might be the rare case where the three point shot translates even though the free throw shooting is never great. His off the dribble jumper looks very nice to me and 47% with almost none of them being the catch and shoot variety is really impressive.

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August 19, 2021 8:57 am

It reminds me of how Omri was a great 3 point shooter but seemed to struggle at the line, if I recall correctly.

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August 18, 2021 10:20 am

I liked that I saw him barking on his teammates while they were getting back on defense, and directing things. He definitely seems to have real leadership qualities, and I think that the veterans’ egos won’t be an issue when he exerts control in game situations.

I do believe that Mitchell’s offense will continue to improve, through sheer effort and force of will, if nothing else. With his start/stop & quickness, he may be able to get himself a decent look at the basket when he wishes, or even just to create space to make passes. His shot looks right mechanically, so the free throws are a bit of a mystery, but he’ll definitely take it as a challenge and get better.

Kings got themselves a pit bull.

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August 18, 2021 10:33 am
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I think Mitchell’s defense on smaller guards is absolutely going to translate, and whatever his free throw situation is, he shot 7 free throws in Vegas, so you can’t determine much from that (65.7% in college).

I think he’s going to struggle getting shots at the rim early in his career, and though his shot mechanics are good, I also think may take time for his offense to come around. It will be interesting to see how well he defends bigger players, but if he can even be a competent playmaker, he should have plenty of opportunity to play. I agree that he will become a leader on defense, because he’s so obviously better than everyone else on the team today, and that’s a missing quality that the team needs.

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August 18, 2021 11:41 am
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He definitely got snuffed a number of times trying to get the ball up to the rim from down low, and that’ll probably be fairly common on drives where he hasn’t juked himself open. He’s still pretty crafty, and with his strength, he’s going to get more points in the paint that someone his size has any right to get. With his ability to create space, if he can turn his floater into something reliable, he’ll be able to do that all day.

Mitchell will figure out ways to contribute on that end, even if he’ll rarely be the first or second option. I’d bet he’s going to pick up a fair amount of buckets making something out of possessions gone awry. This is a guy who figures out ways to contribute and make teammates better.

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August 18, 2021 1:46 pm
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Question to you and Carl both Sims: What do you think a reasonable line looks like for Mitchell?

For me it would be like 25 MPG 10 PPG, 3 AST 1 TO, 2 REB 1 STL, DRtg lower than 110, TS% 57%+ USG% 17-18%.

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August 18, 2021 2:10 pm
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Doesn’t seem like a bad result for a rookie, especially one who is going to be one of those “doesn’t show up in the box score guys.”

DRtg isn’t a great stat, because over and over you find objectively good defenders on bad teams, and their number looks bad. It’s too dependent on who you share the floor with.

That said, the additions so far have all been defensive improvements over what was on the opening night roster last season. Mitchell or no, I’d have expected the teams defensive numbers to improve, and not just in a “not the worst defense in history” kind of way. I don’t know if this can be a middle-of-the-pack defense, but I don’t think it’s impossible if everyone buys in.

There are reasons to feel cautiously optimistic that we’ll see a noticeable improvement, along with the effort to achieve it.

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August 18, 2021 4:34 pm
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Andy, can you stand to wait to see what he might be able to do when he does share the floor with Fox, Hali and Barnes?

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August 18, 2021 11:35 am
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And he seemed genuinely happy Louis King won MVP. That’s a leader, not a primadonna right there. He’s comfortable in his skin and knows what he brought to the game. Love me some Dave.

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August 18, 2021 10:28 am

Something Bagley should’ve gotten if he was healthy during his first summer league…

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August 18, 2021 4:45 pm
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Bagley should have played in this years summer league. Everybody in the organization says he just needs minutes.

Guarantee him a starting spot on the summer league roster.

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August 18, 2021 10:32 am

Interesting that Mitchell was co-MVP of entire tournament (with Cam Thomas) but also was tied with Pritchard in votes for first-team.

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August 18, 2021 11:11 am
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Head to head tie-breaker

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August 18, 2021 10:50 am

Sacramento led VSL in both total turnovers forced and least turnovers committed.

5 game SSS shenanigans, no doubt. But nobody else came close to pulling that off either.

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August 18, 2021 3:50 pm
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I’m not sure that more than half the Celtics turnovers would qualify as “forced.” The pressure was there, but there were times like they played like they were wearing oven mitts. The main thing is that the Kings turned them into a big ol’ pile of points.

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August 18, 2021 7:14 pm
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I was using the word ‘forced’ loosely.

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August 18, 2021 11:10 am

I love “Off Night”s” attitude and work ethic. He will be a great teammate. Two outstanding draft picks in two seasons. Haliburton has a rare Bird-Magic-like court sense. And Fox is working hard to be an all-star. Baby steps (but watch that pivot foot). I am hopeful.

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August 18, 2021 11:30 am

Caption this:
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August 18, 2021 11:37 am
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“C’mon man, let me tickle you”

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August 18, 2021 11:37 am
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Can I just laugh at all the possibilities?

Bouknight’s face is my favorite part.

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August 18, 2021 11:46 am
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Bouknights face is priceless…he literally looks like he’s ripping his heart out.

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August 18, 2021 11:57 am
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Oh damn! haha
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August 18, 2021 12:35 pm
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G1C is now the Temple of Doom

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August 18, 2021 12:35 pm
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“Purple nurple!!….Purple nurple!!!”

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August 18, 2021 4:26 pm
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Name 5 cereals!!!

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August 18, 2021 5:26 pm
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Nachooooo….comment image

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August 18, 2021 12:05 pm

We should trade him while he has value.

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August 18, 2021 2:11 pm
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“You can always trade talent.”

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August 18, 2021 4:47 pm
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Yet Bagley and Hield still persist….

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August 18, 2021 12:31 pm

His free throw mechanics need work. I have every confidence Davion knows what his areas of improvement are and will move mountains to address them. No worries in that regard. Zero. His entire basketball career has been identifying areas to improve and putting in the work with assistant coaches to get better. Kings are lucky to have him.

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August 18, 2021 4:50 pm

So far Davion looks like a player that knows the game well enough that they can put him on the floor and let him learn game. He knows the game well enough to not do stupid stuff repeatedly. He will have some moments but he will learn.

Watching Hield and Bagley is still nerve racking.

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