Evan Mobley had lofty expectations when the Cleveland Cavaliers picked him third overall in the draft. The Cavs’ young big man has already met, if not exceeded, those expectations. His versatile offensive skill set and defensive abilities have made him a tremendous addition in Cleveland and an early front-runner for the Rookie of the Year award.
According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, opposing coaches have told Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff that they’re jealous of him for getting to coach Mobley.
A source said multiple coaches have recently expressed jealousy to Bickerstaff that he gets to coach the Rookie of the Year frontrunner who is averaging 15.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals.
Bickerstaff has guided countless talented youngsters. None like Mobley.
“I don’t know if I’ve seen it, to be honest with you, or been around it. That’s how rare it is,” Bickerstaff said when asked about Mobley’s impact on winning. “Normally, young guys are so consumed with figuring the game out for themselves that they struggle to impact winning.
Bickerstaff’s statement about Mobley’s impact on winning reveals what made Mobley such a tantalizing prospect. He was a formidable force in his lone season at USC and he had high expectations when he entered the big leagues. All he has done so far is prove that he’s gonna be a problem for opponents for a long time.
Mobley has helped the Cavs start off strong this season, especially on defense. He and Jarrett Allen are terrors to deal with as a tandem and he’s already got good chemistry going with Darius Garland. The 8-5 Cavs have one of the best records in the Eastern Conference and possibly one of the brightest futures in the league.