Evan Mobley is far from underrated right now in the NBA, and it is for his benefit. At the age of 21, Mobley was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team and came third in Defensive Player of the Year voting. It has already become undeniable that Mobley is set for a long, dominant career. For the Cavaliers, having Mobley in their ranks is a miraculous feat.
Entering his third year, Mobley could be primed to join the main event during All-Star Weekend. Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com noted that both Mobley’s teammate in Garland and Hall of Fame big man Chris Bosh earned their first All-Star appearance in their third season. Donovan Mitchell did, too.
Fedor also mentioned that the All-Star leap for Mobley is a steep one, something that he may miss out on with the dominant backcourt in Cleveland and the great forwards in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum that reside in the East, as well. Mobley is showing real strides in his growth, however. During Media Day, Mobley said he will be a less “picky eater” offensively, looking to hone his offensive game and aggression. Right now, that has been the part of the game that has held Mobley back from the All-Star roster.
Additionally, Mobley has begun watching film of Miami Heat star big man Bam Adebayo as the next step in his offensive development as a scorer and playmaker. With a heavy focus on personal development, Mobley may learn a healthy level of selfishness on the court, helping the Cavaliers gain another offensive threat and earn an All-Star selection for himself.
Mobley takes a slight edge in his chances over the next Cavalier due to the stacked backcourt options in the Eastern Conference.