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Akil Mitchell - PF, 6'8, 235
Brooklyn Nets - Signed as a free agent in September 2017
       Date of birth: 06/26/1992
       Country: USA/Panama
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2014
     Out of: Virginia
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

25th September, 2014 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Houston.
22nd October, 2014 NBA Waived by Houston.
30th October, 2014 D-League Designated as an allocated player by Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
13th August, 2015 France Signed a one year contract with Antibes.
24th August, 2016 D-League Drafted 10th overall in the 2016 D-League Expansion Draft by Long Island Nets.
29th August, 2016 Australia Signed a one year contract with New Zealand Breakers.
23rd February, 2017 D-League Designated as a returning player by Long Island Nets.
24th September, 2017 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Brooklyn.
When: Where:
2010 - 2014 Virginia (NCAA)
July 2014 Houston Rockets (Summer League)
September 2014 - October 2014 Houston Rockets (NBA)
October 2014 - June 2015 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
July 2015 Brooklyn Nets (Summer League)
August 2015 - June 2016 Antibes (France)
July 2016 New York Knicks (Summer League)
August 2016 - February 2017 New Zealand Breakers (Australia)
February 2017 - June 2017 Long Island Nets (D-League)
September 2017 - present Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
From blog:

   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 5: NCAA Power forwards

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Akil Mitchell, Virginia

2013/14 stats:25.7 mpg, 6.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.6 bpg, 0.8 spg, 1.9 fpg, 1.3 TOpg, 56.1% FG, 0.0% 3PT, 42.7% FT

As a senior, Mitchell completely lost the free throw stroke he had built up to mediocrity as a junior, and his 42.7% shooting from there made him a liability. He rushes the release on the shot and snatches aggressively at it, and has absolutely no rhythm on it nor any jumpshot. Given what an offensive liability he became from the line, this also affected his minutes, and as good as Virginia was last season, Mitchell had to watch some of it from the bench, averaging only 25.7 minutes per game.

Mitchell nonetheless played a big role for the Cavaliers, mostly defensively and on the glass. He is a good leaper with a high motor, who returns a very good rebounding rate and embraces his role as a dirty worker. He uses this motor in a similar fashion on the defensive end, where, despite an average amount of lateral quickness that his jumping ability rather masks, and despite a lack of optimum size for post defense, he nevertheless contests on everything. Mitchell hedges hard on pick and roll actions and can stay in front of driving big men, but he can be blown past on closeouts given that he does not change direction too quickly, and sometimes those pick and roll hedges are a little too hard. He nonetheless moves his feet as best he can, has some shot blocking timing around the rim, and is a nuisance defensively if not a lock-down player at any position.

There is occasionally some offense from Mitchell, who is not Reggie Evans out there. He runs the court hard and can finish around the rim if set up, throwing a little spin to a righty hook if impeded and going straight up if not. He has not the best footwork, has very little handle, has even littler of a jumpshot and travels a bit, but his sprightliness and cuts to open spots give him a purpose offensively, and he stays within that role. Players who recognise their limitations and play within them are always fun to be coached, and Mitchell is so capable of and willing to embrace his interior role playing status that he has made it all the way up to this level. But at 6'8 and 230lbsish, anything further is a long shot.

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   2015 NBA Summer League Rosters - Brooklyn

[...] Mitchell spent his first professional season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League, averaging 9.8 points and 9.0 rebounds in 26.9 minutes per game. The free throw stroke still hasn't come back, as he shot 48.9% from the line, and although Mitchell took 41 three pointers on the year after taking only 11 his entire college career, hitting only 9 of them doesn't make him a stretch threat. Not yet, anyway - another year of working on that, like Eduardo Najera once did, and Mitchell's in the frame.

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