Should Isaiah Mobley or Damian Jones be the Cavs’ backup center?

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Isaiah Mobley’s case for Cavs backup center

Isaiah Mobley didn’t play much last year for the Cavaliers, but he played a ton in the G League. As of now, he is on a two-way contract, and reportedly will be again, per Keith Smith of Spotrac. In his 12 games that he played for the Cavs, Mobley averaged 13.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per-36 minutes. He also shot 37.5 percent from distance, albeit on limited attempts.

Mobley is a decent shooter from the three-point line, which would be really great for the Cavs if he was the backup center. However, Mobley is primarily a power forward more so than a center, but with his 7-foot-3 wingspan, he could feasibly play backup 5 minutes.

During the last game of the season, the Cavs pulled their starters and best players in case of injury, and let their reserves play the game. Isaiah Mobley played 28 minutes, and dropped 18 points, four rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. He shot 7-of-12 from the field and two-of-three from the three-point line, an impressive night to say the least.

More G League time could still help out Mobley, though, which is fine. Since he’s only in his second year in the league, playing with the Charge would do still wonders for him, especially considering the amount of playing time he’d get there versus the playing time for the Cavaliers.