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Kings Pulse: 2021 NBA Draft Prospect Profiles €“ Davion Mitchell and Corey Kispert

We continue our 2021 NBA Draft profiles with two seniors who carried their squads to the NCAA Title game - Baylor's Davion Mitchell and Gonzaga's Corey Kispert.

We continue our 2021 NBA Draft previews by taking a look at Baylor guard Davion Mitchell and Gonzaga sharpshooter Corey Kispert.

Mitchell, a 6'1 combo guard is coming off an NCAA championship run with Baylor and averaged 14.0 points, 5.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 1.9 steals, and 2.4 turnovers a game while shooting 51.1% from the field, 44.7% from three, and 64.1% from the free throw line. Mitchell is nearly unarguably the best POA defenders in the draft class and was the heart of one of college basketball's best squads in recent memory. Still, question marks about how real his shooting ability is, as well as his upside (he will be 23 years old come the start of the 2021-22 season) keep him outside of both of our lottery rankings.

Kispert is a 6'7 forward who spent all four years at Gonzaga, averaging 18.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.3 turnovers while shooting 52.9% from the field, 44% from three, and 87.8% from the free throw line. Kispert is arguably the classes best three point shooter, with elite touch and range and absolutely bonkers efficiencies from everywhere on the floor (that may somewhat be impacted by the insane depth of this year's Gonzaga's squad). While he's a fault versatile offensive player and a capable team defender, we have concerns about his individual one-on-one defensive ability, a fear that was exasperated during the Baylor/Gonzaga championship game when Mitchell and teammates Jared Butler both went at Kispert with abandon.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Considering upside verses more obvious prospects
  • Mitchell's defense, and if his size somewhat limits that appeal of his game
  • Mitchell's comparison to other breakout seniors in recent drafts
  • Kispert's offense versatility and defensive limitations
  • Which prospect we prefer, and why we're not going to have either that high for Sacramento
  • Our thoughts on the Marvin Bagley LikeGate

Would you select either Mitchell or Kispert for the Kings? Let us know in the comments!

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MidtownMike
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June 25, 2021 9:06 am

I’m not preferring either overall for us but between the two it’s got to be Kispert, I don’t see how Mitchell gets pt on this roster next year barring injury to the top five guards

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June 29, 2021 3:55 pm
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no on both- Mitchell is redundant. Kispert is undersized for a SF, poor defensively and there are too many others available at 9.

Gojira2021
June 25, 2021 9:27 am

I would say ‘no’ to both. Mitchell’s height (6’1″) is concerning, as well as his free throw percentage (64.1%) which I feel is low for a combo guard. As for Kispert, all I needed to hear was “defensive limitations”. We already drafted a player known for defensive limitations (Bagley) and look how far that has gotten us.

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June 25, 2021 10:50 am
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Kispert is a MUCH better team defender than Bagley, just not a defensive specialist. His offensive game is legitimately more well rounded.

He wouldn’t be a bad pick, just think there are better ones at #9.

If we got a 12-15 and Kispert was there I think he’d be a great pick that could help THIS year and beyond as a backup SF/small ball 4

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June 25, 2021 10:15 am

Neither thanks.

As a side note, after putting up some eye-opening athletic numbers as the combine, I’ll restate my opinion that I do t know why you would take Kispert in the teens when you can draft a guy like Weiskamp in the late 2nd.

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June 25, 2021 10:29 am

No on Mitchell for fit and no on Kispert being a reach at #9, but both will be good players respectively.

I gotta say I’m falling for Franz Wagner more and more. Think of his role as a do everything player and then as a ball five in crunch time. His ability to defend guards on a switch is nice and his jumper looks like it’s gonna get even better with reps. Sadly, we might be a few spots too late.

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June 25, 2021 10:31 am

Hard pass on Krispert Kreme and Not Donovan Mitchell.

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