The Maccabi Hunter Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League announced today they have signed former NBA power forward Tony Mitchell for 2016-17 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mitchell, 24, has appeared in 28 contests this summer in China for the Guangxi Rhinos and is averaging a double-double on 17.5 points (71.1% from 2-PT) and 12.3 rebounds to go along with 1.8 assists and 3.7 blocks per game (third in the league).
The 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward signed with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors during the 2015-16 preseason before being released to join Cocodrilos de Caracas in Venezuela where he averaged 15.8 points while shooting 36.1 percent (39-for-108) from three-point range, 8.3 rebounds (fourth in the league), 1.6 assists, 2.4 blocks (second in the league) and 30.6 minutes in 51 games. He lifted his team to a Venezuelan championship, earning 2016 Latinbasket.com All Venezuelan LPB Center of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
“Tony will add experience and athleticism to our team,” said Maccabi Hunter Haifa head coach Offer Rahimi.
“Tony is a gifted athlete, dominant defender and a premier shot blocker, who has played at the highest levels in the world,” said Maccabi Hunter Haifa team owner Jeff Rosen. “He brings NBA experience and an overseas championship to Haifa, which will benefit our team immensely.”
During the 2014-15 season, Mitchell appeared in 22 games with Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rico, where he tallied 10.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.0 blocks (second in the league) in 27.5 minutes per game. He also played six games for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA D-League that season, averaging 8.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in 24.8 minutes per contest.
Originally selected by the Detroit Pistons with 37th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Mitchell appeared in 21 games with the Pistons in 2013-14, averaging 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 3.8 minutes per game. As a member of the Pistons, Mitchell faced Maccabi Haifa on October 8, 2013 in a preseason matchup at the Palace of Auburn Hills, chipping in 3 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Mitchell played two seasons for the North Texas Mean Green from 2011-13 before turning pro in 2013. He owns the school record for most blocks in a season (87) and career blocks (157) in just two seasons. He was a two-time Sun Belt all-conference player and was named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year in 2011-12. Mitchell finished his collegiate career with 20 career double-doubles and scored in double figures 42 times.