Cav No. 3: Evan Mobley
Cleveland’s 22-year-old unicorn forward Evan Mobley will see his game blossom next to Max Strus. In Miami, Strus played next to Bam Adebayo, one of the better passing big men in the Association.
There are plenty of avenues for Mobley’s growth to follow. In a positionless NBA, learning to orchestrate the offense as a 6-foot-11 big man makes the young stud deadly to any rival. Strus does not need the ball in his hands to operate effectively, using off-ball movement and fluid offensive schemes to get to his best spots on the floor.
By adding veteran sharpshooter Georges Niang as well, the duo of Strus and Niang offer Mobley two types of teammates he hasn’t had the chance to appreciate entirely. When the Cavs still had Kevin Love, Mobley was learning how to operate in the NBA at a more basic level. With his second campaign finished, Mobley can begin to form his playstyle.
With both forward spots seemingly able to shoot in certain lineups, Mobley will be placed into entirely new game plans, as a scorer, screener, playmaker, and dunker.
It is hard to overstate how much of an impact Mobley’s development could have on Cleveland’s future. With every signing or trade, it should be critical that Mobley’s fit next to the addition is taken into heavy consideration. Strus clearly fits the mold for Mobley.
Max’s benefit continues beyond Mobley. The face of Crunchland chips will also appreciate his new running mate.