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Bilas adamant possible Dubs target Mitchell won't fail in NBA

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Davion Mitchell

There are plenty of people across the basketball world -- including some within the Warriors -- who don't believe Davion Mitchell is worthy of being selected No. 7 overall in next week's NBA draft.

College basketball analyst Jay Bilas -- who also covers the draft for ESPN -- is not a member of that camp.

"He's unbelievably explosive -- just blows by people to get to the rim, shoots well over 40 percent from three, is good in pick-and-roll situations and he's a magnificent defender," Bilas recently told Warriors radio announcer Tim Roye. "Really impacts the ball better than any defender in this draft.

"Plays his tail off. Fail is a hard word to use, but some guys fail in the NBA. He's not going to [fail]. His heart is gigantic. He's a worker and I think he'll be a big-time player."

Mitchell at the NBA combine measured in at 6-foot-1.25 inches with shoes on, and has a 6-foot-4.25 inch wingspan.

The 22-year-old (he turns 23 in September) averaged 14.0 points, 5.5 assists and 1.9 steals as a redshirt junior, was named the national defensive player of the year and led Baylor to the national title.

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"Draymond [Green] is gonna love having him as a teammate," Mitchell's college coach, Scott Drew, told Wes Goldberg this week on the Locked on Warriors podcast. "Steph [Curry] and Klay [Thompson] are gonna love him because he's gonna get them shots and help cover up defensively. And everybody is gonna love him because he can win now.

 

"What he'll be in four years is a lot better than where he's at now. But at the same time, where he's at now is good enough to win you a championship. He's not carrying the team, but he can be in the rotation, he can be a starter and you're winning now."

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