Akil Mitchell

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In July 2016, Mitchell joined the New York Knicks for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On August 30, 2016, he signed with the New Zealand Breakers for the 2016–17 NBL season. On January 26, 2017, Mitchell fell to the floor in agony early in the fourth quarter of the Breakers' 94–81 loss to the Cairns Taipans after what seemed to be an innocuous poke to the face while contesting a rebound with Taipans centre Nnanna Egwu resulted in his left eyeball coming out of its socket. Mitchell was taken to Auckland Hospital after the incident, where he was advised by specialists that while there was some damage to the eye, early reports were positive that the injury was not as serious as first feared. Mitchell was later discharged by specialists that night and reported having vision in the eye. On February 7, 2017, he returned to the US to seek further specialist advice on his injured eye. In 25 games for the Breakers, Mitchell averaged 9. 5 points, 7. 2 rebounds and 2. 1 assists per game.