Prospect No. 3 – Emoni Bates
What’s not to like about Emoni Bates, especially with his Summer League performance? He averaged 17.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, and he had solid shooting splits. He shot 43.9 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three, and made all of his free throws in his six games.
He was honored by being selected to the All-Summer League Second Team, which was quite an honor, considering he was the 49th overall pick in the recent draft. He is still only 19 years old, so he has plenty of room to grow.
Cleveland just recently signed Bates to a two-way contract, meaning he’ll probably spend a lot of time down in the G-League next season. Despite that likely the case next season, he has a really high ceiling, when it comes to his potential.
With that being said, he’s still not likely the third-best prospect on the Cavs currently. Yes, he has a high ceiling, but when it comes to who is better right now, Isaiah Mobley’s the better player. Mobley is a better defender, rebounder, and post player, so Mobley’s a better prospect.