Tony Mitchell has been one of the D-League’s most explosive players this season.
The waiving of Caron Butler didn’t just free the veteran from the shackles of the Eastern Conference dungeon, it also opened up a roster spot for the Bucks.
The team used that spot to sign Tony Mitchell to a 10-day contract Tuesday. The 24-year-old Alabama alum averaged 19.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 21 games this season for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Milwaukee’s D-League affiliate.
Mitchell was one of the top players in the SEC as a junior at Alabama but was dismissed from the team and went undrafted in 2012. After spending training camp with the Kings, Mitchell failed to make the roster and landed in the D-League, where he averaged 21.9 points and 6.4 rebounds during the 2012-13 season, earning the D-League Rookie of the Year award, as well as First Team All-D-League honors.
Mitchell made a brief, 11-game cameo with the Jilin Northeast Tigers in China this past fall before returning to Fort Wayne. An explosive leaper, the 6-6 Mitchell is the two-time defending D-League dunk contest champion.
So, how does he fit in with Milwaukee? Of course, it’s difficult to project just how useful any young player on a 10-day deal will be, but it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if Larry Drew throws him into the mix right away. The rotation has been incredibly deep of late, with nine or ten players routinely seeing 20 minutes each night. Mitchell won’t see that much run – initially, at least – but it’s hard to believe Milwaukee made a rare D-League call-up to simply sit a prospect like Mitchell on the bench.