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
2. Detroit Pistons - Evan Mobley, USC
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.
2. Detroit Pistons - Evan Mobley, USC
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.
3. Minnesota Timberwolves - Evan Mobley, USC
2. Minnesota Timberwolves - Evan Mobley, USC
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
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.
3. Evan Mobley, USC
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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