With the NBA Draft swiftly approaching on July 29th, the Houston Rockets face a key decision on who to select. Cade Cunningham is viewed as the top prospect, but behind him is a loaded trio of Jalen Green, Evan Mobley, and Jalen Suggs.
The Rockets are expected to choose between Mobley and Green, although there are reports that the Detroit Pistons, who draft first, are also very high on Green. Mobley is far and away the best big man in the draft and is viewed as the best such player since Anthony Davis was drafted in 2012.
3 potential drawbacks of the Houston Rockets drafting Evan Mobley
And understandably so, as Mobley is coming off of a season in which he won the Pac-12 Player of the Year award, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award, and the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award. The 20-year-old center posted averages of 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.9 blocks, while making 57.8% of his shots.
But as we’ve come to know over time, very seldomly is a player viewed as a flawless prospect. Mobley is no different, which shouldn’t be surprising, as he’s not viewed as the best player in this class.
Let’s take a look at three potential drawbacks of drafting the 7-foot big man.