Four games played.
Averaging 1.8 minutes of playing time in those four games when the outcomes had been long decided.
Only 21 years old and learning to navigate being a professional basketball player as a rookie.
Such a player would seemingly be a candidate for the NBA Development League.
But that’s not the case with Pistons rookie Tony Mitchell.
Barring a rash of injuries, the athletic power forward from North Texas will likely spend his rookie season learning the game with the Pistons. So a stint with the team’s D-League affiliate Ft. Wayne probably won’t happen.
Although several young Pistons have benefited from D-League stints — notably current Raptors big man Amir Johnson — they take each player on a case-by-case basis.