Opinion: Why the Cleveland Cavaliers Should Draft Evan Mobley

Opinion: Why the Cleveland Cavaliers Should Draft Evan Mobley

Ryan Knuppel
2 years ago
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Opinion: Why the Cleveland Cavaliers Should Draft Evan Mobley

The NBA Draft is two weeks away. Cade Cunningham is likely to go No. 1 to the Pistons, and he is expected to thrive in his new home as the star for the upcoming season. Houston picks No. 2 and has a few options. Of course, the Cavs pick No. 3, and that is what we’re all here for.

They have a few options, though Houston’s decision will make Cleveland’s easier. Evan Mobley out of USC is a candidate. Let’s talk about why the team should make a move to take him.

Twin Towers

As of now, Jarrett Allen is a restricted free agent. The Cavaliers are likely to pay him this summer, and so once they do that, they could have two big guys. Like Memphis used Jonas Valanciunas and Jaren Jackson Jr. next to each other, this team could run something very similar.

The “twin towers” concept officially died with Omer Asik and Dwight Howard failing to co-exist. Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins could not ever stay healthy. But if Cleveland had both of them playing together, the rim protection would be tremendous, and Mobley could function on offense as the stretch four.

They could also shrink the bench rotation by splitting Mobley’s time at both PF and center.

A Chance to Grow With the Core

By not taking Jalen Green, you would be taking all the pressure off of Collin Sexton. He has been in a lot of (wild) rumors over the last few weeks, which can all be quelled by a simple selection of a big man. Mobley would be the second USC player in three years to be taken by the team if he is taken.

He could slot right in as the starting PF, and he brings a lot to the table. Mobley would be the latest talent to join the unit to play big-time minutes and contribute to an eventual winning cause.

Mobley is a guy the team should be hoping falls to them. He can shoot. He can rebound. He can protect the rim. A little bit of everything.

Incentive to Move on from Love

Kevin Love is still a Cavalier right now. He really should not be, given what happened last year. The outbursts on the court are something you hate to see. The man is not consistent in anything he does, and his attitude is no different. It has been as bad as it could possibly be, and we are all seeing it happen.

Throwing mid-game tantrums is not going to cut it. The fact that Love has also shown obvious negligence toward the team’s guards is not good either. For all the face-saving he has done, he is still not worth having around. By drafting Mobley, you are adding a time-clock to Love and his terrible contract.

Having Mobley present, it is showing Love that you need instant contributions at the PF spot. Ones that Kevin may not be able to provide like the team’s potential new rookie would be able to.

Mobley has a better attitude and could help revitalize the frontcourt.

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