Mavericks coach Jason Kidd is a Hall of Fame point guard and has seen plenty of good big men in his day.
And he thinks Cavaliers rookie Evan Mobley is well on his way.
Prior to Monday’s home game against the Cavs, Kidd was asked which NBA player Mobley’s game resembles most. Kidd responded by putting Mobley in some pretty good company, as relayed by Landon Buford of Forty Eight Minutes.
“Maybe Chris Bosh in a sense because there is a lot that he can do, and I’m not trying to sell Evan Mobley short,” Kidd said. “CB is a pretty good player as a champ. That’s how I see it, but it’s early.”
Mobley recently returned from a sprained elbow, and the Cavs failed to win any of the games in which he didn’t play. He came back Saturday, and they immediately won. (Related Dribbles.)
Evan Mobley reminds me of Chris Bosh, Says @RealJasonKidd:
"Maybe @chrisbosh in a sense because there is a lot that he can do & I'm not trying to sell @evanmobley short. CB is a pretty good player as a champ. That's how I see it, but it's early."#MFFL #Letemknow #HeatCulture pic.twitter.com/X3ONZy5UW1
— Landon Buford (@LandonBuford) November 30, 2021
Overall, with Mobley, the Cavs look like an entirely different team. He’s more than just a 7-footer. He can pass, make perimeter shots, score inside and is already emerging as one of the league’s top rim defenders.
In the first 16 games, Mobley had compiled averages of 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists, becoming the fastest to reach 200 points and 100 rebounds in Cavs history.
The Cavs’ future is suddenly bright, and their future isn’t so bad either. And no less than Kidd is among those who can see that Mobley is among the reasons why.
Rewriting the record books… again.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) November 14, 2021