No. 2: Evan Mobley
Evan Mobley had a stellar sophomore season. He increased his average per game in points, rebounds, and field goal percentage. He was also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the NBA’s All Defensive-First Team. However, Mobley had a very underwhelming series against the Knicks and his biggest flaws were exposed.
His lack of physicality in the paint was glaring, his limited offensive game was a concern, and his lack of aggression teetered as a result. The most surprising thing about Mobley’s underperformance against the Knicks is the fact that during the second half of the regular season, he showed a lot of promise as from January to March, he averaged 18 PPG on 56% shooting and he averaged 13 shots per game. This is the version of Mobley that needs to be a constant for the Cavs moving forward.
Ever since being drafted at number three overall, the expectations that have followed Mobley have been lofty ones. He has generational talent and the ability to become the NBA’s next great modern big man. He has shown flashes of that potential.
Putting his offensive game together is vital, though, especially when it comes to spacing the floor as he only shot 21% from three-point range.
Mobley has the potential to be a top 10 player; that from him just has to materialize sooner rather than later. The success of this team hinges on him taking a leap next season to really put it all together on both ends.