How the Cavaliers can make Evan Mobley a playmaking hub next season

Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
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Example No. 2: 2020-21 Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo

Since his rookie year, Evan Mobley has been compared to another NBA 7-foot unicorn in two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

While the championship winning team also ran their offense through Jrue Holiday, the Greek Freak often took up the ball to initiate the offense. Whether Giannis played from the top of the arc or the key, his personal dominance and keen eye for the open man gave Milwaukee the versatility they needed to defeat Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns in six games after starting the series down 0-2.

Comparatively, Evan Mobley is beginning his career with more talent already in his utility belt than Giannis had in his earliest seasons. The change for Giannis came when he developed his scoring game into the mid-range. For years, Giannis’ biggest criticism was due to his lack of scoring threat from outside the restricted zone.

For Evan Mobley, the Cavaliers have already begun working toward evolving Mobley’s shooting. In order to match Giannis’ dominance, though, Mobley will surely need to build up his strength substantially.

Additionally, Giannis’ frontcourt partner has been Brook Lopez, a sharpshooter center who is always in discussions for DPOY as well. With all due respect to Jarrett Allen, the Cavaliers would have to adapt the offense to atone for Allen’s nonexistent shooting abilities.

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In the end, the Cavaliers will need to maximize any added shooting they acquire this offseason. Their best route to do so will be running their offense through Evan Mobley, allowing him to improve his offensive game and confidence as the leading man for the aspiring Cleveland Cavaliers.