Sacramento Kings final month stock watch: 2 risers and 1 faller

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Davion Mitchell’s stock is rising 

The Kings’ former lottery pick’s development has not gone according to plan. In his third NBA season, Davion Mitchell has taken a step backward rather than the expected leap forward. 

It hasn’t been easy. For the first time in his career, Mitchell lost minutes to other players and fell out of the rotation. Fortunately, the 25-year-old did not allow it to crush his spirits and responded with great games in March. 

In Minnesota, he allowed Malik Monk to work through some first-half struggles. Against the Lakers, he made all four of his three-point attempts, and against the Spurs, he was a real two-way presence as well. His threes have been falling, and his defense is incredibly impactful, especially paired with De’Aaron Fox and/or Keon Ellis. 

This is starting to look like Mitchell’s best month this season, and it has been huge for the Kings, allowing the team to make up for Kevin Huerter’s struggles. Now, he just needs to keep up the quick decision-making and aggressiveness offensively because it has completely changed his game and presence on the court. 

Early in the season, Mitchell looked slow and hesitant at times. Now, he is pushing the pace and not afraid to make decisions offensively.