Appearing in two games last week at the California Classic, 9th draft pick Davion Mitchell impressed both in defense and offense despite losing two Sacramento Kings.
Taking off the rose-colored glasses of the over-analysis that can come from the Summer League providing mostly G League level talent alongside rookies and sophomores, Davion Mitchell gave a stellar performance on the first night.
Tuesday’s overtime thriller against Golden State proved to be the more powerful of the two games in terms of performance, with Mitchell posting 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist. It was his lockdown defense in the fourth quarter that made Tyrese Hailiburton respond with glee and stood out from the baseline.
It’s clear Mitchell’s defense is a statement to his game, something Kings fans were able to see flashes of on Tuesday despite the outcome of the game. Having 23 points on 9-18 shots (a 50% save rate), wasn’t really shocking as it was still, just a Summer League game.
Wednesday’s game was not so pleasant for Mitchell offensively. The rookie had 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in the 74-84 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Shooting just 4-18 from the field, Kings fans looked to Mitchell’s defense for a brighter result. He continued his intense activity on the defensive side even though the final score of the match did not reflect it.
However, one of the most redeeming aspects of the night came five hours before the game, when Davion Mitchell arrived in the arena to take photos:
The work ethic is there, and Kings fans love to see it. As the Summer League continues next week in Las Vegas, Sactown will be waiting to see “Off-Night” in full screen.