Kings get defensive help with Baylor’s Davion Mitchell

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Davion Mitchell, right, is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected ninth overall by the Sacramento Kings during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings selected Baylor two-way guard Davion Mitchell with the ninth overall pick in the NBA draft. Mitchell averaged 14.0 points, 5.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds while helping the Bears to their first national championship in more than 50 years last season. The 22-year-old was the Naismith defensive player of the year, averaging 1.9 steals during his final season at Baylor. His defense earned Mitchell the flashy nickname “Off Night” because of his opponents’ tendency to have a poor shooting game against him.