The Detroit Pistons announced their roster and schedule for their summer pro league team this week and came out with a primer on their website in the last few hours.
The Pistons open play in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League at 4 p.m. on Sunday with a game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Tony Mitchell should get a long look from the Pistons’ staff over the ensuing days in the league. Here’s a link to the Pistons’ roster and schedule
It could be one of the more critical times in Mitchell’s career.
Mitchell will be competing for a spot on the roster. There are no guarantees he will end up playing for the Pistons when the season starts.
Keith Langlois, the editor of Pistons.com. the official team website, talked about Mitchell in his summer league checklist
The Pistons are loaded at power forward with Greg Monroe, Jonas Jerebko and Charlie Villanueva. Mitchell will have to carve out his niche and show that he can contribute. A good showing in the summer pro league would really help his cause.
Those of us who watched Mitchell during his short UNT career know he is capable of securing a job. Mitchell is a freak athlete and has the ability to be a good defender. He will have to show he can develop into the defensive player he could be and use all that ability to his advantage.
Mitchell admitted that he struggled to stay motivated in a tough season for UNT last year.
We will see if Mitchell can dig down and find the will to be an impact player and go hard all the time now that he is playing for a living. He will need to do just that. He won’t be able to coast in the NBA.
The signs seem positive so far, judging by what Mitchell has had to say about his workouts with his new teammates so far:
Love These Dudes Already Man…Good Practice Today
— Tony L. Mitchell Jr. (@TonyMitchUNENO) July 5, 2013