Evan Mobley already flashing star potential early in his rookie season

Mobley finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks, an assist, and a steal in the Cavaliers win over the Hawks on Saturday night.
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When watching Cleveland Cavaliers big man Evan Mobley, it’s easy to see why the team fell in love with the thought of drafting him.

For someone just 20-years-old, Mobley has already displayed the ability to grasp and implement the little things to his game.

One example came in the second quarter when he was passed the ball inside, caught between two defenders in the paint. The big man was able to use his body, create space, and get the easy lay-in at the basket.

The USC alumnus was able to showcase his ability on both ends of the court, playing a key role in the team’s 3-2 defense that Cavaliers head coach JB Bickerstaff has been implementing since this offseason.

“It’s a [former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach] Flip Saunders zone that I watched a lot when I was in Minnesota, and they used to put Kevin Garnett at the top of the zone,” Bickerstaff told reporters in his postgame press conference. “Seeing Evan’s ability to move through that made me think of when [Garnett] was playing the top of that zone. Over the summer, we went and studied it a bunch and then put it in. … Tonight, it was really good for us.”

Mobley was a key cog in the team’s 21-0 run between the end of the first half and beginning of the second half, showcasing his distributing on the floor and his athleticism.

While it is still early on in the young big man’s career, it has been evident that he has been able to learn and grow quickly in his fledgling career, as veteran Kevin Love said after the win.