Evan Mobley is a future Defensive Player of the Year

ESPN analyst and former 15-year veteran JJ Redick on Wednesday said Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Evan Mobley has the potential to become a future NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Mobley entered the NBA this season highly touted given his ability on both ends of the floor. He established himself as an elite defender in college at USC and that ability has translated over to the NBA given his athleticism and skill to guard every position on the floor.

The third pick is averaging 14 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, two blocked shots and one steal. He leads the rookie class in blocks and ranks seventh among all players. He recently became just the fifth player in history with at least 50 assists and 30 blocks over his first 20 games.

Redick, speaking on “SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt,” praised Mobley.

Evan Mobley is unbelievable defensively. I don’t think people

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Evan Mobley making a strong case for the No. 1 spot [Video]

It’s February and NBA scouts will finally get a chance to watch Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga and the rest of the G League Ignite team play 15 games in the G League bubble season.

On the college side, Evan Mobley is making a strong case for the No. 1 spot by dominating the paint in the Pac-12 and being the best rim protector in this draft class. Auburn’s Sharife Cooper and Baylor’s Davion Mitchell have impressed scouts in the last month and are climbing up team’s draft boards.

Here’s a look at Yahoo Sports’ updated first round for the 2021 NBA draft.

(Draft order is from Tankathon.)

Ht./Wt: 6-foot-8, 220 pounds

Class: Freshman

Oklahoma State: 18.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.6 apg

Cunningham holds on to the No. 1 spot due to his strong all-around game. You could plug him into any NBA team, and he’ll come in and make

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