Mike Mitchell was a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association and internationally in Italy and Israel. In 1981, he was named an NBA All-Star, while under the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was also the 1998 Italian League Top Scorer.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Michael Anthony Mitchell was born on January 1, 1956, in Atlanta, Georgia. He died on June 9, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas. He stood 201 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 106 kg. He died of cancer at the age of 55.

High School and College Career

He attended Luther Judson Price High School in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1974, he was named Parade All-American.

Position Small Forward
Height / weight 2.01 m / 106 kg
Born 1 Jan 1956
Death 9 Jun 2011 (55 years)
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Team History
Reggio Emilia 1992 - 1999
Maccabi Tel Aviv 1991 - 1992
Filodoro Napoli 1990 - 1991
Filodoro Brescia 1988 - 1990
San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 1990
San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 1981 - 1987
Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 1978 - 1981

From 1974 to 1978, he played collegiate basketball for Auburn University. While there, he was named to the second-team All-SEC in 1976 and 1977. When he retired, the Auburn Tigers also retired his jersey number in his honor.

Professional Career

Mitchell joined the NBA in 1978 and was the 15th overall pick of the draft, chosen by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played for Cleveland until 1981. In that year, he was named an NBA All-Star. He played for the San Antonio Spurs from 1981 to 1987.

In 1988, he played in Italy for Filodoro Brescia. In 1990, he started playing for Filodoro Napoli. He then spent the 1991-1992 season in Israel playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv. From 1992-1999, he played for Reggio Emilia. At that time, he was named the 1998 Italian League Top Scorer.

Career Highlights

  • 1981 - NBA All-Star
  • 1998 - Italian League Top Scorer
  • 1978 - First-team All-SEC
  • 1976, 1977 - Second-team All-SEC
  • 1975 - Third-team All-SEC
  • No. 30 retired by Auburn Tigers
  • 1974 - First-team ParadeAll-American

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