Prospect No.1 – Evan Mobley
It’s crazy to think that Evan Mobley is only 22 years old, and he’s already one of the best defensive players in the whole NBA. He was an All-Defensive First Team player last season, and he was a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year Award, as well.
His offense is solid, but nothing to write home about just yet. He averaged 16.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists last season. Those were nice numbers, but him shooting just 21.6 percent from distance last year, was not good to see. On the plus side, his motion is workable and he has shown enough mid-range flashes to believe there’s more opportunities for deep shooting growth.
Many fans are seemingly calling for Jarrett Allen to be traded, and to put Mobley at the full-time center spot. However, there’s still hope that the Allen-Mobley frontcourt can be successful in the long term, especially if Mobley can develop a more consistent jumper, Cleveland’s starting small forward can be a knockdown shooter and very capable offensive player.
Mobley has a great chance to be one of the NBA’s greatest defenders, as he already has a First Team appearance, and was the second-youngest player to be on the All-Defensive First Team. Also, he still has a lot of room to grow on offense. If he can be a great offensive player, and average around 20 points per game, there is no way he shouldn’t be an All-Star next season.
A Kevin Garnett-esque career is definitely in the cards for Mobley, and he has all the potential in the world to become that level of a player. He’s going to be extension-eligible next offseason, and one shouldn’t be surprised if Cleveland signed him as soon as possible to the max contract that he deserves.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a really young team, and all of their prospects are really talented in their own rights.
Emoni Bates, Isaac Okoro, and Evan Mobley all have plenty of room to grow, and all of them could become solid players in the NBA, and we’ll see if they’re all in Cleveland for the long haul.