Rockets: 3 reasons why Evan Mobley could be the Rockets’ savior

Evan Mobley #4 of the USC Trojans (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Evan Mobley #4 of the USC Trojans (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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Evan Mobley #4 of the USC Trojans (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Evan Mobley #4 of the USC Trojans (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

1. Defense

Where Mobley shines the most however, is on defense.

As a 7-footer, Mobley has the length to bother nearly every shot, and the lateral quickness to keep up with many perimeter players.

In the playoffs, much is often made of drop coverage centers being “unplayable” due to their inability to stay with guards on the perimeter when they get caught in a switch. Mobley’s skillset ensures that switching will never be a concern for the team that is lucky enough to draft him.

Mobley is already a defensive force to be reckoned with, and once he puts on enough muscle to bang around with the strongest big men of the league, he will become a versatile defender with Defensive Player of the Year potential, giving the Houston Rockets a defensive force in the middle.

Potential Drawback

If there was an area where Mobley needs to improve most on the offensive end, it’s in the post. Coming in at only 210 pounds, Mobley has a rather thin frame, making it difficult for him to back down his man in the post.

Scouts are going to almost universally recommend that Mobley put on muscle. This is a common concern for many young big men, and Mobley will surely get stronger as he gets on the right NBA strength and conditioning program.

And despite his room for improvement, Mobley does show some signs of future potential as a post player. In flashes, he has shown excellent footwork and shooting touch on his hook shot.

If Mobley is able to put on the muscle necessary to matchup with the stronger centers in the league, he will certainly become at least a post threat that every team must at least respect, and a dominant force for the Houston Rockets.

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