Sometimes a complex game like basketball can be so simple if the instructions are concise and clear.

Pistons second-round pick Tony Mitchell is living proof of that with his quick feet long strides and wide eyes making it hard for the coaching staff to ignore his attempt at cracking the rotation.

He was the first big man off the bench Tuesday night and in tandem with fellow reserve Jonas Jerebko can add a dimension of activity if Maurice Cheeks so chooses to go that route. He played 16 minutes against the Wizards and made all four of his shot attempts with one rebound one steal and two blocks.

He brushed off the observation he could be making headway ahead of Jerebko or Charlie Villanueva.

“Right now I’m not worried about it I’m just taking whatever minutes I have” Mitchell said. “Whatever Coach Cheeks wants me to do I’ll do it.”

His initial draft combine meeting with Pistons brass where Joe Dumars grilled him relentlessly about his lack of effort in his sophomore season at North Texas seems worlds away.