With the 24th Pick, the Knicks Select...(Version 2.0)

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Tony Mitchell -- Forward, North Texas (DraftExpress, ESPN.com)


DraftExpress.com and ESPN.com pick...Tony Mitchell (6'8", 235 lbs, 21 years old). Forward, North Texas.

Previous selections: Daric Saric (SF, Croatia) and Glen Rice Jr. (SF, Georgia Tech/NBDL)

KnicksNow: Mitchell being mocked to the Knicks in both of these scenarios illustrates the kind of buzz he has generated throughout the pre-draft process. He possesses the prototypical size and length (7'2.5" wingspan) to stand out physically as an NBA power forward and the physical tools to match -- his athleticism has been called "elite" and "spectacular" by scouts.

His strengths are rebounding -- expecially on the offensive glass -- and shot blocking. He has a quick second jump and a knack for rebounding his own misses. He plays above the rim. 

Why would he be available when the Knicks pick at 24, you might ask? Well, his offensive game is raw and some question the consistency with which his motor runs on the floor. He didn't play in a major conference, so while he flashed the upside of a top-10 pick, we've yet to see him demonstrate a high level of play against top competition. 

He worked out for the Knicks on Friday, and if he shows he can fit into their team culture, his profile would seem to fit into what they are looking for from a basketball perspective. It's no coincidence that Mitchell and Kansas' Jeff Withey dominate this round of mock drafts; with such a veteran-laden frontcourt, it wouldn't be much of a susprise to see the Knicks take a young big man to develop as a backup to Tyson Chandler.