Evan Mobley

Evan Mobley

21-Year-Old ForwardF
Cleveland Cavaliers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
The No. 3 overall pick last season, Mobley put together an excellent rookie campaign. He was voted to First Team All-Rookie and came in second place in one of the closest Rookie of the Year award races in recent memory -- Scottie Barnes claimed the award. Mobley got out of the gates strong and was consistent month over month. Overall, he saw 33.8 minutes per game and averaged 15.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.7 blocks and 0.8 steals. That was good for rank 75 in per-game fantasy production. Mobley's shooting efficiency (51/66/25) was a mixed bag, but clearing the 50 percent mark as a rookie is encouraging. He took just 1.3 three-point attempts per game, but improving in that area will be important while playing alongside a traditional center like Jarrett Allen. It will be more important for fantasy managers if Mobley can improve his efficiency from the charity stripe. He shot 69.4 percent on freebies during his lone season at USC compared to 66.3 percent as a rookie, so there's room for improvement, but it seems unlikely he'll be great in that area. The strongest part of Mobley's game is his defense. He's a great rim protector but also has the coordination and footspeed to hang on the perimeter against guards and wings. He also showed some passing ability, but he'll only handle the ball so much with Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell running the show. This season, fantasy managers have a right to be optimistic and select Mobley much earlier than he ranked last season. It's important to keep in mind that his rebounding and shot-blocking upside -- while great in the long term -- is a bit capped for next season given the presence of Allen on the inside, as he's a more traditional rebounding and shot-blocking big himself. But Mobley still has an opportunity to improve in that area, and with some offensive strides, he could quickly turn into one of the better two-way bigs in the game. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $16.55 million contract with the Cavaliers in August of 2021. Contract includes $8.88 million team option for 2023-24.
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Mobley was a force for the Trojans on both ends of the floor in his first and only season on campus. Offensively, he led the Pac-12 with 540 points scored while shooting a league-high 57.8 percent from the field. He also led the conference in rebounding (8.7 rpg) while blocking 95 total shots -- good for second in the entire country. Mobley reached double figures in all but two conference games and collected 10 double-doubles in league play alone. Effectively, it comes as no surprise that Mobley was given Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors, in addition to getting a first-team all-conference nod. In the postseason, Mobley helped carry the Trojans to the Elite Eight in a run that included a double-double in an upset against Kansas.

Notches another double-double
FCleveland Cavaliers
November 28, 2022
Mobley recorded 18 points (7-14 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes during Monday's 100-88 loss to Toronto.
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Mobley posted another double-double in Monday's loss to Toronto, leading the team in rebounds while tying Darius Garland with a team-high point total. Mobley has finished with at least 15 points and 15 rebounds twice this season.
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Team believes in upside
FCleveland Cavaliers
October 18, 2022
The Cavaliers believe Mobley can become a Hall of Fame-level player who is able to lead them to championships, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
ANALYSIS
The third overall pick in the 2021 draft, Mobley is coming off a strong rookie campaign, but the Cleveland front office is convinced his ceiling is much higher. "[Head coach] J.B. [Bickerstaff] talks about it all the time with us," assistant coach Luke Walton said recently. "We need Evan to be one of the best players in this league, if not the best player in this league, if we're gonna win championships. That's our mission coming from J.B. Help him get to that level." The Cavs have plenty of talent around the 21-year-old forward, including offseason trade acquisition Donovan Mitchell, but it's Mobley that's viewed as the centerpiece of the roster.
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
Easily the most-talented big man in the draft, Mobley will step in as a starter for the Cavs from Day 1. While Cleveland retained Jarrett Allen in free agency, the two bigs represent the frontcourt of the future, with Mobley's floor-spacing ability likely to land him at the power forward spot for the foreseeable future. Right now, Mobley is more comfortable in the mid-range than from three (30% 3PT as a freshman at USC last season), but he has a smooth jumper that should improve as he develops. Playing alongside Allen could sap some of Mobley's upside as a rebounder, but he's a much better passer than Allen, and his 2.9 blocks per game at USC suggest that it could be his most-valuable stat category when it comes to fantasy basketball. Cleveland's sign-and-trade deal for Lauri Markkanen will complicate Mobley's development. The Cavs gave up Larry Nance for Markkanen and signed him to a four year deal, so clearly Cleveland is committed to both Markkanen and Mobley. How the minutes are divided amongst those two and Kevin Love at the four will be very interesting. Love has stated he has no interest in a buy out. Like all rookies, expect Mobley to go through some ups and downs, but he'll likely come off the board in the later-middle-rounds of most fantasy drafts.
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Nabs double-double in win
FCleveland Cavaliers
November 28, 2022
Mobley finished with 20 points (8-12 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-5 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist and one block across 40 minutes in Sunday's 102-94 win over the Pistons.
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Quiet in loss
FCleveland Cavaliers
November 26, 2022
Mobley finished with eight points (2-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds and three steals over 29 minutes during Friday's 117-102 loss to the Bucks.
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Productive all-around game in win
FCleveland Cavaliers
November 23, 2022
Mobley closed Wednesday's 114-96 win over the Trail Blazers with 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 35 minutes.
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Strong production continues
FCleveland Cavaliers
November 20, 2022
Mobley totaled 15 points (7-12 FG, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists and one steal across 30 minutes during Sunday's 113-87 victory over Miami.
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Secures 18 boards
FCleveland Cavaliers
November 19, 2022
Mobley provided 21 points (9-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 18 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 45 minutes during Friday's 132-122 double-overtime win over the Hornets.
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