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Davion Mitchell seems less than excited to be in Sacramento

Phew, that was an awkward press conference.

Davion Mitchell was a surprise first round pick for the Sacramento Kings, and it seems like Davion was as surprised as we were.

Mitchell's introductory press conference started with an awkward moment, with Mitchell being prompted for an introductory statement and Mitchell responding "I don't know what you want me to say." That moment seemed to be an innocent gaffe, with Mitchell not understanding the prompt.

But then the questions began from Kings media, and the awkwardness grew. Both KHTK's Carmichael Dave and the Sacramento Bee's Jason Anderson asked questions about whether Mitchell had worked out for the Kings. Both times the questions was posed as part of multi-part questions, and Mitchell did not address it.

Carmichael Dave was given the final question of the session, and asked a follow up:

If this reads as an awkward exchange, I promise you it felt more awkward on the call. Mitchell just seemed a bit "off" and there are reasons to speculate why.

Is he unhappy? If so, I'd understand. I doubt Mitchell hoped to be drafted to a team with two young guards firmly established as the starting guards of the future. I'm sure Davion didn't imagine himself being drafted in the top 10 to be a backup guard on the team with the longest playoff drought in the NBA.

But at the same time it was disappointing to me. Mitchell is 22 years old. Older than Tyrese Halliburton, older than Marvin Bagley. When you draft an older rookie you hope they'll bring more poise and composure. You'd hope they'd be able to weave clichés a little smoother than the average rookie. You'd hope they'd be able to simply say "no, I didn't work out for the Kings, but they obviously saw something in me and I want to prove them right."

This isn't going to turn me against Mitchell. I want him to be an amazing rookie. I want this to all make sense. I want us to look back on this pick and think Monte McNair is a genius.

But that was one of the most awkward press conferences I've ever experienced, and it didn't instill confidence in me after the Kings made an unexpected pick.

Update:

It's worth noting that right after his media interview, Mitchell was interviewed on ESPN and it was far less awkward.

We'll add the media interview when it's available.

It's entirely possible that Mitchell was still in shock and processing where he ended up. It's not my goal to pile on or trash Mitchell. Hopefully he's excited about joining the Kings and can bring some much-needed defensive intensity to the team.+

Update 2:

ABC 10 has shared Mitchell's press conferences. The first half of this video is more national media, with the second half showing the session with local Sacramento media.

Judge for yourself, and tell me if I was too harsh. The national media session seems far more comfortable than the local session, at least to me.

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Noemal916
July 29, 2021 7:36 pm

Kangz!!!

HongKongKingsFan
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July 29, 2021 7:37 pm

Maybe we pick that “guy” at #39……

just like Jimmer and I. Thomas

NorCalKingsFan
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July 29, 2021 7:37 pm

Awesome.

02kingsfan
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July 29, 2021 7:38 pm

I really hope I am wrong but this selection feels a lot like the 2018 one

LaBradfordsCreditCard
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July 30, 2021 8:24 pm
Reply to  02kingsfan

Nope, three big differences … Mitchell is a winner, plays great defense and is good at basketball.

Hobby916
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July 29, 2021 7:40 pm

Well, he is in hell now.

KingMe737
August 31, 2021 11:08 am
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Author of this article has to see the truth concerning the Kings. In reality, no one wants to be drafted to a losing organization. That’s the team’s fault. These are kids who may not be comfortable answering dumb question after dumb question. They just want to ball and WIN! I’d rather see real genuine reactions than put a smile on your face and say the things everybody wants to hear but you may not mean. He looks nervous. That’s all I see. He’s a winner though. His defense is impeccable. Kings’ defense sucks. Stop picking apart our players and give them the benefit of the doubt. Direct the hard questions and criticisms towards mgmt, where the fault lies. Are you brave enough to write about that or is it just easier to pick on a kid? Kings were getting better when they were running. They stopped running supposedly to focus on defense. Kings are loaded with young talent. Do the Kings know what to do with it? That’s the question.

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July 29, 2021 7:40 pm

For any other team the cliches and usual drivel would have spewed out of his mouth and lit up the room.

But for the KANGZ? As a 22 year old, Davion knows this is where careers go to die!

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July 29, 2021 7:40 pm

Awesome personality. Fine choice.

KingMe737
August 31, 2021 11:10 am
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Personalities don’t win basketball games. Defense does. Dumb post.

Carl
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July 29, 2021 7:41 pm

I’m going to keep posting this until it stops being true.
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RocklinRoll
July 29, 2021 7:45 pm
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As long as Vivek doesn’t think it’s broke, it isn’t.

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July 29, 2021 8:07 pm
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For those of you downvoting, dude’s entire resume so far is acquiring four guards in two offseasons and a deadline, and three of those are backups.

I’m happy to revise my opinion when the Kings front office actually does something.

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GorgeousGeorgios
July 29, 2021 8:16 pm
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Honestly I mostly downvoted because it feels like low hanging fruit. It’s fair to be skeptical until you see actual changes. I just don’t think McNair has been under the illusion that this whole team is great and doesn’t need any work.

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