Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley revealed the two things he felt made him unique in a Wednesday article from the Ringer senior staff writer Michael Pina.
“My adaptability and … ability to learn quickly on the fly,” Mobley said, via Pina. “I think those are the two things that make me unique.”
From several calls to make Evan Mobley the Defensive Player of the Year to Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid saying he could one day be at the level of Nikola Jokic and Karl-Anthony Towns, Evan Mobley has heard it all in his second year with the Cavaliers. He has started in every one of the 144 games he has played in for Cleveland since he first suited up in an 11-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2021, taking spots in the 2021-22 All-Rookie team and the Rising Stars Challenge in 2022-23, according to Basketball Reference.
Evan Mobley added 20 points and brought down 15 rebounds in a two-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. He became the third player in NBA history to finish with a stat line of 20 or more points, 15+ rebounds, six or more rebounds, four or more blocks, one or more steals and 0 turnovers, according to Cavs Notes. Shaquille O’Neal achieved the stat line in a 106-99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2003, while Hakeem Olajuwon pulled it off against the Golden State Warriors in 1990.
The 21-year-old forward told the Akron Beacon Journal he has always envisioned himself being an All-Star and “a top guy in the league” in February.
Cavs guard Darius Garland shared those expectations with Evan Mobley.
“He has that chip on his shoulder,” said Garland. “He believes he’s one of the best in this league. We all do in this gym. We want him to show that.
“He’s been just going full speed, downhill. Being aggressive at all times in the game. Shooting the middy going 1-on-1. We love his aggressiveness.”