July 4, 2022

Sam Mitchell Biography, Age, Education, Wife, Career, Timberwolves, NBA

Sam Mitchell Biography

Samuel E. Mitchell Jr. commonly known as Sam Mitchell is a former professional basketball player who is currently an assistant coach for the Memphis Tigers of the American Athletic Conference (AAC).

Having been born on September 2, 1963,he was the interim head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA) for one season. He was also the head coach for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 2004 to 2008.He also currently works as a talk show co-host/analyst on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

Sam Mitchell Age

He is currently 55 years old as of 2019, since he was born on September 2, 1963.

Sam Mitchell Height and Weight

He has an estimated height of 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) , and a weight of 210 lb (95 kg)

Sam Mitchell Education

Mitchell being raised in Columbus, he began his elementary schooling in the same place then he joined High school graduated from Columbus High School. Afterwards he played college basketball at Mercer University for four seasons.

Sam Mitchell Wife

Mitchell is married to Lyndall Mitchell since Nov 2009 when they tied the knot.

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Sam Mitchell Career

Afterwards he played college basketball at Mercer University for four seasonsand scored nearly 2,000 pointsbecoming the leading scorer in Bears history.Mitchell did not commence play in the NBA after being drafted and until joining1989 expansion teamthe Minnesota Timberwolvesin their inaugural season.

Prior to his NBA careerhe spent three seasons in the Continental BasketballAssociationplaying for the Wisconsin Flyers and Rapid City Thrillersand in theFrench Ligue Nationale de Basketball team of Montpellier for the end of the1987-88 and the whole 1988-89 season.

Mitchell started his NBA careerfirst spending three seasons with theTimberwolves.During his playing days in Minneapolishe scored a career-high 37 pointsagainst the Philadelphia 76ers on February 31991.

On September 81992 he was traded along with point guard Pooh Richardsonto the Indiana Pacers in exchange for small forward Chuck Person and pointguard Micheal Williams.Mitchell ranks second in Wolves history in pointssteals and minutes playedand is third in total rebounds.

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On March 302007Mitchell got his 100th win as NBA coach when the Raptorsdefeated the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.Mitchellwho witnessed his team struggle with rebuilding in his first years ascoachalso led the Toronto Raptors to their first division title in franchise historyas the team won the Atlantic Division in the NBA’s Eastern Conference in the2006-07 season.

On December 32008after leading the Raptors to a disappointing 8-9 start tothe 2008-09 seasonMitchell was relieved of his duties as the team’s headcoach.Assistant coach Jay Triano took over the position of interim head coach of theRaptorswhich later made him the first foreign-born player to coach a team inthe NBA. The firing was ridiculed by the TNT Overtime crew because theRaptors were only one game under.

For the rest of the seasonMitchell became the official head coachalthough hewould still be treated as an interim coach.During his sole season coaching the Timberwolveshe would coach them to thefifth-worst record in the league with a 29-53 record.

On April 132016Mitchell was relieved of his interim head coaching duties asthe coach of the Timberwolves after the last game of the seasonallowing themto look for a permanent coach.

Sam Mitchell Timberwolves

After an up-and-down season running a ridiculously young Timberwolves team as interim head coach in 2015-16, Mitchell was let go as interim head coach in the hours following the team’s end to a 29-53 season. For the second time in this offseason, Mitchell is taking issue with the way he was moved to the side by Wolves owner Glen Taylor, in eventual favor of 2010 NBA Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau.

Mitchell, the 2007 NBA Coach of the Year, discussed as much with Darren “Doogie” Wolfson at ESPN Radio recently. Thanks to Pro Basketball Talk’s Dan Feldman for the transcription.

Sam Mitchell Interview

Five burning questions: What’s Sam Mitchell worth, plus how does he fit in at West Coast in 2017?

  Why ?

Sam Mitchell: THE reasons for this decision are twofold for Mitchell.

Firstly, it allows him to transition into a coaching career in a new environment with different people.

Having done his Level 3 and worked closely with David Wheadon, the five-time best and fairest has his sights firmly set on his career after football.

A move to a rival club would allow Mitchell to gain a fresh perspective on the game and all things man management before his playing days come to a close.

Given he and his family wanted to move to Perth at some stage, why not accelerate the process and do it now? It makes sense.

Secondly, Hawthorn can continue its regeneration by letting Mitchell go. He only won the club’s best and fairest a week ago, but there is no doubt that Alastair Clarkson’s ageing list needs a refresh. Admittedly this strategy as quite dramatic, but the Hawks have never been afraid to think outside the box.

Clarkson and bold ideas go hand-in-hand. People laughed when they brought in Brian Lake.

Three flags later, there was no ridicule to speak of. Who is to say a shrewd — albeit controversial — decision to trade Mitchell won’t work in Hawthorn’s


Sam Mitchell: If coaching is what Sam Mitchell is after, then West Coast could easily wait a year before acquiring Mitchell for nothing.

But given the accelerated nature of this news, a simple draft pick for player deal is likely.

Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes said West Coast should not give up any selection before 50 for Mitchell.

The Eagles currently have picks 12, 33, 51, 69 and 87.

“I wouldn’t be giving up anything inside their pick 50 for him,” Cornes told AFL Trade Radio.

“Pick 51 is where I see it. It’s a win for them in that they get Mitchell in as a direct replacement. They also free up space in the midfield and salary cap.”

Hawthorn also has to consider the ramifications of Jaeger O’Meara’s and Tom Mitchell’s impending arrivals.

How will that shuffle their draft picks?

As a pure player, there is little doubt the 34-year-old is a valuable commodity in the short-term. But whether he can play beyond 2017 remains to be seen.


Sam Mitchell: THE coaching aspect of moving to West Coast might have been the biggest appeal to Sam Mitchell, but to Eagles supporters a year or two on the field as a player will act as a mighty bonus.

Regardless of his age, Mitchell remains one of the competition’s elite players. Just last weekend, the 34-year-old claimed his fifth Hawks best and fairest award. Only Leigh Matthews has won more.

His incredible foot skills and footy smarts will undoubtedly help a West Coast midfield that faltered at times throughout the 2016 season.

While the likes of Matt Priddis and Luke Shuey gave them grunt, they often didn’t have the ability to transfer the ball adequately by foot through the middle — an aspect of the game Mitchell thrives on.

There’s also the possibility he could play behind the ball, just as he has under Alastair Clarkson over the last couple of years.

In that role, he would be able to aid Eagles captain Shannon Hurn in setting up plays and would fit into a cohesive defensive system that has been the biggest strength of coach Adam Simpson.

A close relationship with Simpson, who was once an assistant at the Hawks, will only help his ability to settle at West Coast.


Sam Mitchell: Of course they can. Remember this is Hawthorn we’re talking about.

The majority of the side’s best 22 are all premiership players. Despite their earlier than expected finals exit this year, these players still know what it takes to taste premiership success.

The biggest issue for the Hawks will be how they’ll cope without Mitchell in the guts, especially at stoppages.

He led the Hawks for average disposals, clearances and Champion Data ranking points in 2016, while he was second for contested ball — the crucial stat Hawthorn severely struggled in this season.

But that means the likely additions of Sydney’s Tom Mitchell and Gold Coast’s Jaeger O’Meara couldn’t have been better timed for the Hawks, as both will bring not only the ability to accumulate the footy, but also win the hard ball.

If you take Tom Mitchell’s 2016 contested ball average (12.0) and O’Meara’s 2014 contested ball average (10.59), those would’ve put them No. 1 and 2 at the Hawks this season.

While Sam Mitchell, almost 34, was the oldest player on Hawthorn’s list this season, the club still has a raft of experience to nurture the next generation of players. The likes of Shaun Burgoyne, Luke Hodge, Josh Gibson and Jordan Lewis aren’t going anywhere.

And if you had any doubt over Hawthorn’s premiership credentials, all you have to do is re-watch coach Alastair Clarkson’s speech at the club’s recent Best and Fairest to see how motivated everyone is.

“I know the footy world out there is saying ‘well, 2016 thank God Hawthorn didn’t win it’ we’re saying ‘get ready we’re coming again in 2017’,” Clarkson triumphantly said.

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