The Sacramento Kings announced Wednesday that they have exercised their team option on second-year guard Davion Mitchell, extending his contract through the 2023-24 season. From the Kings:
Selected by the Kings with the ninth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Mitchell earned 2021-22 NBA Rising Stars team honors as he averaged 11.5 points and 4.2 assists while shooting .418 percent from the field. Mitchell played in 75 games (19 starts) and averaged 27.7 minutes per game during his rookie campaign.
The Hinesville, Georgia, native finished his first season ranked in the top 10 among all rookies in points (11.5 ppg, 10th), assists (4.2 apg, 5th) and minutes per game (27.7 mpg, 10th).
This move is a easy call for the Kings considering how well Davion played in his rookie season, despite entering a difficult situation behind two other lead guards. The Kings cleared some of that logjam when they traded Tyrese Haliburton for Domantas Sabonis, but Mitchell still projects to come off the bench behind De'Aaron Fox in his second season.
While there are certainly still questions about Mitchell's consistency as a scoring option for the Kings, he's already the team's best defensive player and has an unquestioned and unwavering work ethic. Whatever development opportunities may exist in Davion's game, I certainly wouldn't bet against him, and the Kings aren't either.