3 Cavaliers that should play more, 2 that should play less

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No. 3: Isaiah Mobley should get more playing time

The MVP of the Las Vegas Summer League Championship Game was not a top pick, nor a lottery pick or even a first-round pick. He spent most of last season in the G League. He isn’t a nuclear athlete, a knockdown shooter, or a shot-blocking maestro. What he is, to many, is simply Evan Mobley’s brother.

Isaiah Mobley was dominant in the desert, seemingly too big and strong for opposing bigs to handle. He looked the part of an NBA center, averaging 17.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. He was also a smooth playmaking hub, averaging 4.5 assists as the Cavs largely ran the offense through him.

After averaging 21 points per game in the G League last season, Mobley is ready for primetime. He can still spend some time with the Charge and further hone his abilities, but he has the body and the skillset to play NBA minutes this season. Mobley, not Damian Jones, should be the third big behind his brother and Jarrett Allen.

His passing can unlock different actions for the Cavs, especially if they surround him with shooting as they did in Las Vegas, be that Max Strus or Sam Merrill alongside Darius Garland and/or Donovan Mitchell. Mobley could play with his brother or as the sole big in the minutes both starting bigs sit. He needs to earn a large role, but he should be the third big from the very start of the season.