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NBA Draft 2017 Prospect Breakdown: Donovan Mitchell

June 1st, 2017 at 10:55 AM
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In advance of the 2017 NBA Draft, Peachtree Hoops will be breaking down a wide variety of players that could be available for the Atlanta Hawks at either No. 19 or No. 31. The series will stretch throughout the month of June and today’s installment centers on Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell.


Donovan Mitchell is moving up some of the big boards as draft day approaches. The Louisville sophomore opened eyes with his measurables at the recent NBA draft combine and as pre-draft critique of Kentucky guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk starts to change the back-court outlook in this draft, Mitchell seems like a prospect that might become increasingly attractive to teams. He offers potential two-way play that some of the other top-rated guards seem very unlikely to match.

Offensive Profile

The most encouraging aspect of Mitchell’s offensive play can be seen in his impressive improvement in his shooting from 3-point range. He made 35.4% of his attempts during his sophomore season on 226 attempts after making just 25% of 72 attempts during his freshman campaign. He also flashes explosive play in space including an impressive cross-over dribble that he likes to use when matched up on slower defenders.

He has incredibly elite speed; he ran the fastest 3â?4 court sprint since the 2008 NBA draft combine. But these raw athletic skills have yet to show up in his transition …

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Tags: De’Aaron Fox, Donovan Mitchell, Malik Monk

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