Tweet of the Night: Dunk Contest Between Tony Mitchell and Rasheed Wallace

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It appears the big man can still get up there, well technically.

Maybe not as smooth as he use to be, Rasheed Wallace and Detroit Pistons forward Tony Mitchell squared off in a thrilling drunk competition at the end of the Pistons practice today.

 

Wallace, now an assistant coach with Detroit, use to get up there with the best of the big men and hammer down hard dunks. Though, never able to dunk like Vince Carter or Dr. J, opposing players would clear the area when he was going to the rim.

Mitchell, a 21-year-old high-flyer, has only appeared in two games with the Pistons so far this season. He’s averaging 1.5 points and .5 assists in about 6.5 minutes of action. Mitchell was selected 37th overall in the 2013 NBA draft by Detroit.

In honor of this great dunk competition, here’s a tribute to one of my all-time favorite dunks by Wallace.

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NBA Draft Profile: Tony Mitchell

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TonyMitchellTONY MITCHELL

6-8, 235 lbs.

School: North Texas

Class: Sophomore

Selected with the 37th overall pick by Detroit Pistons

STRENGTHS: Our 2012 Sun Belt Player of the Year, Mitchell is a powerful, athletic freak with an NBA-ready body and a monstrous wingspan. Though he’s only 6-8, Mitchell plays like a seven-footer because he has a 7-3 wingspan. He’s a terrific defender and shot blocker, averaging nearly 3 swats per game. His athleticism could allow him to play as a 3 at the next level, even though he’s got what it takes to play inside. Much of his value could come on the defensive end, but he’s got some skills that could make him an effective option in the post or on the wing.

WEAKNESSES: He could use some work on his post game, and needs to improve his ball handling if he’s going to play the 3 on offense in the NBA. He’s not a great player off the drive and can be awkward at times with the ball in his hands on the wing. Because of that, he may be better suited at the 4, although he’s more unique at small forward.

BOTTOM LINE: Tony Mitchell has a chance to develop into a really good player if given time. He was the Sun Belt Player of the Year as a freshman last season, and his game continues to improve every time out. He could be a tremendous find on the defensive end, and even though he’s somewhat raw on offense, he’s got unlimited potential. He won’t have an immediate impact on a team, but could develop into a nice player in the league in a few years.

SH Blog: Kings looking at Bird, Dunleavy, Chris Wallace for GM; Howard favoring Houston?

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We’re into June, which means the playoffs are almost over and we’re coming up on the draft and free agency. Fittingly, today’s blog includes a lot of discussion of those two topics. For a look even further ahead, check out Adam Zagoria’s column on why the 2014 draft is even more exciting than this one coming up.

The other big topic right now is the coaching and front office shuffle. Some big names have already moved around, including Masai Ujiri to the Raptors, and some other teams still have moves to make. One team that was a little late getting into the game is the Kings, unsurprisingly considering their ownership situation. But they’ve made a coaching hire already, former Warriors assistant Mike Malone, and next up, as we’ll get to later, is a new GM.

Now let’s dive right into the latest NBA news and rumors on this first day of June.

  • Larry Bird 1985 NBA PlayoffsMarc Stein of ESPN.com gives us the scoop on what the new Kings ownership is planning to do as far as management, and there are some big names in the discussion: “Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace has taken the early lead in the Sacramento Kings’ search for a new head of basketball operations, according to sources close to the process. Sources told ESPN.com that Wallace’s interview this week with new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive went well enough that it stretched into a second day. Yet Ranadive, according to sources, has not abandoned his interest in expanding the search to include other candidates, not even after highly regarded San Antonio Spurs president R.C. Buford publicly stated that he’s not interested in the position. ESPN.com reported earlier Friday that Ranadive, after his sit-downs with Jerry West-endorsed Wallace, will next interview longtime NBA coach and executive Mike Dunleavy for the GM job this weekend. And, furthermore, sources said late Friday, that Ranadive hasn’t abandoned hope of making a splashy Buford-type hire and has thus felt out former Indiana Pacers executive Larry Bird about his willingness to return to front-office work in Sacramento.”

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2013 NBA Draft: Top Power Forwards

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Think back to the days of Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, and even Kevin McHale and what a power forward meant to teams. For the most part this position was filled by players with low-post games who were very good rebounders.

Flash forward to the new generation of superstar power forwards, and you see an aging group led by champions Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Garnett. The major difference between these newer stars and those Hall of Famers is the versatility the younger generation brings to the court.

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