NBA Future Watch: Davion Mitchell Basketball Cards, Sacramento KingsNBA Future Watch: Davion Mitchell Basketball Cards, Sacramento KingsDavion Mitchell stands apart from many of the players regularly featured in this space in terms of his trajectory.  Many players drafted in the NBA’s Top 10 only needed one year in college to prove their worth at the pro level.  In contrast, Mitchell failed to start even one game in a thoroughly forgettable freshman season – only to move onto a second program and lead them to a national championship three years later.

The rough start in college was not foreshadowed in high school, as Mitchell averaged 24.2 and 23.8 PPG in his junior and senior seasons, respectively. He then led his team to a Georgia state championship in the Class 4A DivisionMitchell was highly recruited as a consensus four-star prospect and committed to Auburn for the 2017-18 season.

Coming in behind Jared Harper, who established himself as the Tigers’ point guard the previous year, Mitchell surprisingly ended up buried on the bench with little hope of changing the circumstances at Auburn.  As such, a change of scenery was decided, with Baylor the next destination.

A redshirt year filled with preparation and film study led to vastly increased results, as Mitchell pocketed Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors, but the COVID-19 pandemic kept him out of the postseason.  Mitchell’s long-awaited chance to shine on the March stage came in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, leading Baylor to the national championship along with tallying Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, NABC Defensive Player of the Year and Lefty Driesell Award honors.  The breakthrough season capped three years of dramatic improvement in various categories: PPG (from 3.7 to 9.9 to 14.0), APG (1.9 to 3.8 to 5.5), SPG (0.5 to 1.5 to 1.9) and 3% (.288 to .324 to .447).

Selected by Sacramento with the ninth pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Mitchell enters a crowded backcourt like the one that he encountered at Auburn.  But this time, what Mitchell brings with him is a reputation as a top defensive stopper, an improved shot, and a track record for tremendous leadership.  With increased improvement as a shooter and a finisher around the rim, even with stars like De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, and Tyrese Haliburton in front of him, Mitchell can become the kind of player that nobody can relegate to the bench ever again.

NBA Future Watch: Davion Mitchell Basketball Cards, Sacramento Kings – Stats

College Stats Table
Totals Shooting Per Game
Season Age College G MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
2017-18 19 AUBURN 34 582 45 105 15 52 21 31 9 39 63 18 1 38 73 126 .429 .288 .677 17.1 3.7 1.1 1.9
2019-20 21 BAYLOR 30 972 105 257 34 105 53 80 10 81 114 44 11 67 82 297 .409 .324 .663 32.4 9.9 2.7 3.8
2020-21 22 BAYLOR 30 991 158 309 63 141 41 64 14 80 165 57 11 73 71 420 .511 .447 .641 33.0 14.0 2.7 5.5
Career 94 2545 308 671 112 298 115 175 33 200 342 119 23 178 226 843 .459 .376 .657 27.1 9.0 2.1 3.6
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/7/2021.

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