2 encouraging developments for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports) /

No. 1: Evan Mobley is starting to figure things out

Evan Mobley has been a bit up-and-down to start out the 2023-24 season for Cleveland, and in a crucial season for him and the Cavs, it’s imperative that he establish some more consistency on offense in his third year.

Having said that, while one would want to see more shooting from him, he has still found ways to get going, and as games have progressed, he has been able to make plays for himself and others.

Mobley does need to show progress as a shooter outside the paint, yes, but even with the Cavaliers’ inconsistencies as a group, he has started to figure things out.

In the Cavs’ past six games, he’s had 16.3 points per game on 56.0 percent shooting, to go with 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. Whether he’s been playing with or without Jarrett Allen in games, Mobley has been able to get to high quality looks for point blank attempts, get to push shots from diving to the rim for playmakers and he’s mixed in drives leading to shots over defenders.

Mobley’s urgency and timing to snare offensive rebounds also at times resulting in second chance points has paid off as well, and despite some giveaways as a passer himself, his chemistry with Caris LeVert and Max Strus has continually improved it’s seemed.

There’s still going to be concerns about Mobley’s development on offense, but in the last five to six games or so, he’s gotten to better looks, and the playmaking signs have been there. And although Cleveland has to better and more on-point as a whole on both ends, that shouldn’t discount how Mobley has settled in on offense, to pair with his defense, which has still been very impactful, for the most part.