A few months ago when Tony Mitchell declared for the draft, he had more than a few people question his ability to make it in the league — or even make the opening day roster.
At first it seemed like the decision to leave UNT after two years might backfire when he fell to the second round of the NBA draft. Well, the Pistons are set to open against the Washington Wizards tonight and guess who’s on the roster?
Yep, Tony Mitchell.
— Detroit Pistons (@detroitpistons) October 30, 2013
I’m not saying he will be on the roster all year long, but it’s probably a good sign when the team puts you on the poster.
I never understood the disdain for Mitchell among UNT fans. Yeah, he said he didn’t put forth his best effort at times last season, but he did more for UNT than just about anyone who put forth full effort ever did. The attention he garnered was huge for the program. And when he did loaf a bit, it was in a lost season. UNT was toast once it lost to Alabama-Huntsville when it came to an at-large NCAA bid and by the time UNT reached the conference tournament, it was too beaten up to make a run anyway.
One has to feel good for Mitchell. He never said a bad word about UNT or anyone affiliated with the school.
And there is something to be said for having a player in the NBA, especially for a school playing in a mid-major league.