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Evan Mobley - NBA Draft


Leading up to the 2021 NBA Draft, we will track where USC's Evan Mobley appears on the latest NBA mock drafts and NBA big boards.

Evan Mobley NBA Mock Drafts

Here are some of the latest mock drafts in which Evan Mobley has appeared:

CBS Sports - Kyle Boone (2/25)

3. Detroit Pistons - Evan Mobley, USC

A sinewy 7-footer from Southern Cal, Mobley is a No. 1 pick contender because of the rare combination of his size, skill, agility and projectable position at the next level. He's a difference-making big who leads all freshman in blocks per game this season and has on four occasions blocked five or more shots in a game. In time his offensive arsenal should be even more advanced enough for him to regularly knock down shots from anywhere on the court, which he's done in spurts already with the Trojans in a major college conference at just 19 years old.

Bleacher Report - Jonathan Wasserman (2/23)

2. Detroit Pistons - Evan Mobley, USC

While Cunningham is still the draft's projected top prospect, some scouts also see Evan Mobley as another No. 1 overall talent. And he figures to be high on the Detroit Pistons' wish list.

Consistent all season, Mobley has taken his game to another level this month, averaging 21.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 4.3 blocks and 2.0 steals over his last three games. Aside from finishing above the rim, he's producing in ways most 7-footers don't: facing up and attacking closeouts (9-of-13 on spot-up drives), tossing in floaters (10-of-18) and hitting pull-ups (9-of-17).

Rare scoring versatility and fluidity set him apart from others at the position, but Mobley's defensive impact -- protecting the rim and challenging around the perimeter -- should help seal the deal for Detroit at No 2.

For the Win - Bryan Kalbrosky (2/12)

2. Detroit Pistons - Evan Mobley, USC

It is rare to find a frontcourt prospect with as many options in the arsenal as USC freshman big man Evan Mobley.

He has a ridiculous blend of length and pop, with a 7-foot-5 wingspan and a 40-inch vertical. Those elements have helped him record the third-best block rate among all high major freshmen. He knows how to use his body to make an impact without fouling his opponent. Overall, he has all the makings of an elite rim protector and absurdly skilled lockdown defender.

But his offensive game has just as much to love. Mobley will be an ideal pick-and-roll partner for any guard in the NBA. Additionally, his jumper is enough of a threat he can potentially play alongside a traditional big man to create a monstrous frontcourt tandem.

Yahoo! Sports - Krysten Peek (2/9)

3. Minnesota Timberwolves - Evan Mobley, USC

Mobley has a 7-foot-5 wingspan and is the best rim protector in this draft class, recording 53 blocks already and averaging nearly three blocks per game. He's leading all Pac-12 freshmen in scoring with 16.3 points per game and is everything NBA execs are looking for at the center position. Mobley was the only Pac-12 player and the only freshman named to the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year watch list as the accolades for his impressive season continue to grow. Offensively, he's recorded eight double-doubles this season and is more advanced in the pick-and-pop situation than 2020 No. 2 pick James Wiseman and other one-and-done centers. Mobley could easily go No. 1 overall depending on team need and where each franchise falls in the lottery.

SB Nation - Ricky O'Donnell (2/3)

2. Minnesota Timberwolves - Evan Mobley, USC

Mobley's talent leaps off the screen whenever you watch USC. The 7-foot freshman is oozing with natural ability and is just starting to grow into a skill set that feels like everything today's NBA demands out of a big. The skinny 7-foot center projects as a terrific defensive prospect with a 7'5 wingspan, refined shot blocking instincts (9.4 percent block rate), and the lateral quickness to hold his own on switches. Offensively, Mobley's best attribute is his feel for the game as a passer. He has a striking ability to process defensive coverages, which should make him a deadly short roll passer in the league. His three-point stroke is making progress (7-for-22 on the season), too.

Like Cunningham, Mobley suffers from a major lack of spacing playing in a two-big lineup alongside his older brother Isaiah Mobley at USC. There's an argument that he's the best big prospect to hit the draft since Karl-Anthony Towns, but teams will want to see him prove he can be a volume scorer if they are going to invest a top-two pick in him. Even if Mobley never averages 25 points per game, he can still held make an offense sing with his passing while anchoring a defense.

Evan Mobley NBA Big Board Rankings

Here are some of the latest big boards in which Evan Mobley has appeared:

SI.com - Jeremy Woo (2/24)

2. Evan Mobley, USC

Mobley has been dominating college competition on a nightly basis and building a pretty strong case as a No. 1 candidate, with USC emerging as the best team in a relatively weak Pac-12 as a result. There's a real argument that he'll be the most intriguing true big man to enter the draft since Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015, or if you're feeling bold, Joel Embiid in 2014. His statistical case is bordering on unassailable. Mobley looks like the type of mobile shot-blocker and space-eraser you can build a defense around, with overwhelming length and exceptional instincts. It's often glossed over how impressive it is that he rarely commits fouls. Although you occasionally hear concerns about his toughness and physicality, he's performing with a level of consistency he sometimes lacked in high school, and showing a more frequent willingness to take over games.

The big variable here lies on offense, where Mobley has always been an excellent ball-handler and passer for his size. Over the past year, he has started to really blossom as a playmaker, seeing the entirety of the floor at a high level and understanding how to draw attention and pass the ball over and around defenders at difficult angles. He can be too deferential sometimes, but could be one of the better short-roll playmakers in the NBA if all goes well. While he may never be the most physical scorer and occasionally struggles with ball security, his long reach makes it difficult to alter his shot in the paint, and he's a steady finisher. Obviously, NBA bigs will test his mettle far more than college competition, but he's clearly trending in a positive direction. If Mobley gets to the point where you can really run offense through him, there's huge potential. If not, he may be best deployed as a second or third option—but when you combine that with his probable defensive impact, you've got a special prospect.

Bleacher Report - Jonathan Wasserman (2/17)

3. Evan Mobley, USC

There hasn't been a slump or a worrisome game all season that's raised a concern about Evan Mobley. He's consistently produced with convincing flashes of scoring versatility, defensive impact and overall fluidity that point to a star prospect and an easy NBA fit.

He's one of four freshmen on record (minimum 20 games) with box plus/minuses of 13 or more, joining Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns.

With valued NBA skills for a center (while only posting up 13.4 percent of the time), the 7-footer is 8-of-11 on spot-up drives to the basket, 9-of-17 on runners and shooting 41.9 percent on half-court jumpers. He's comfortable putting the ball down and finishing off face-up moves, whether they're into layups and dunks or touch shots around the key.

And the eye test buys his jumper long-term, at least to become a service weapon on a regular basis.

Also, his offense still isn't as strong of a selling point as his defense, with Mobley averaging 3.1 blocks to just 1.7 fouls per game while demonstrating scary, switchable foot speed away from the basket.

Even for a team already set at the 5 position, Mobley may appear to be too convincing to pass on at No. 2 or No. 3.

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