The 2021 NBA draft will take place Thursday, July 29 with the Detroit Pistons holding the No. 1 pick. The Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic round out the top five selections.
We take a look at some of the prospects available in this draft, gauge their strengths, weaknesses, NBA comparisons and best landing spot within the player’s projected draft range. Here’s a breakdown for USC big man Evan Mobley.
Mobley does a lot of great things on both ends of the floor. He’s a strong finisher in the post and developed a good midrange game in college. His defensive instincts are also great and he erases shots routinely. If his development takes off, Mobley can anchor a franchise on both ends of the floor.
His three-point shot is not there yet, but can eventually get there with time. Mobley also needs to add moves to his post game as he gets acclimated to the NBA; he never had to do so in college against smaller defenders.
Mobley compares well to Joel Embiid, although he may be more fluid than the 76ers star. The USC product has the two-way ability and potential shooting range to match Embiid’s production in the NBA.
Best Landing Spot
Mobley is going to go high in the draft and is even a sleeper for the No. 1 pick if the Pistons opt against Cade Cunningham. Detroit already has a lot of bigs so Mobley doesn’t really make much sense there. The Rockets and Cavaliers are both in play and Cleveland’s current roster fits Mobley best. He’ll have two guards to feed off and a floor spacer in Kevin Love, assuming Love gets consistent minutes.