The Cleveland Cavaliers held firm against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night before eventually falling, 113-101. Despite the loss, Evan Mobley is starting to show why the Cavs are very high on their No. 3 pick lottery pick.
Mobley tallied an impressive stat line of a career-high 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting along with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
Mobley’s competitiveness from both ends of the floor has impressed former Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, who had some strong words on how good Mobley can be via NBA.com.
“He’s going to be a damn good basketball player in this League, Cleveland has a good one,” James said. “They’ve done a good job over the years in the draft, I’ll say.”
Mobley entered Friday’s matchup against the Lakers with averages of 13.8 points and 8.6 rebounds with a solid shooting percentage of 50 percent. His play continues to win over the Cavaliers with strong work habits with two double-doubles and strong rim protection. He’s currently ranked 14th in the NBA in blocks.
Mobley stressed that even though he is progressing well, he still has work to do.
“I feel like I’m getting adjusted to the NBA pretty fast,” Mobley said. “I’m catching on to a lot of things. I feel like as I play more and more games, I’m going to get better and more acclimated. I feel like I’m ahead of schedule so far.”
Mobley and the Cavaliers play the Charlotte Hornets on the road on Monday November 1st.