Evan Mobley is the future of the Cleveland Cavaliers. If there was ever any doubt about that before, the young big man erased all those concerns with a LeBron James-like performance on Monday against the Boston Celtics.
Mobley exploded for a monster double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds in the Cavs’ 118-114 overtime victory over the Celtics. He went 10-of-14 from the field and actually had three blocks in an impressive show of two-way dominance.
In the process, Mobley also matched a LeBron record not seen in decades. The youngster, who is just 21 years old, is now the youngest Cavs player since LeBron to have a 25-15 game, per Stat Muse.
When you’re mentioned alongside an NBA great like LeBron James for a positive record, it certainly means you’re doing something right.
Evan Mobley may not be as highly rated or as impactful as King James was during his first few years in the league, but he is certainly growing as a player and showing the qualities of a superstar in the making. If he can keep improving like what he’s doing and has done this 2022-23 season, it’s not hard to see him breaking more LeBron records in the future.
Mobley is a pivotal part of the Cavs’ present and future, and it’s definitely encouraging to see him become more assertive inside the painted area and use his physical tools to dominate in a game. Cleveland could really use more plays like that as they look to lock their playoff spot in the East.