The Cavs have a new piece to the seemingly never ending rebuilding puzzle, as Cleveland took Evan Mobley with the third pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
The sense was that GM Koby Altman would happily take whomever fell to No. 3, whether it be Jalen Green or Mobley. Cade Cunningham, always presumed to go No. 1, went first to the Pistons.
Since LeBron’s second departure, the Cavs have basically done right by their picks, they just haven’t gotten lucky with an early pick until now. They picked eighth in 2019, and for picking that low in the lottery, Collin Sexton has been a great pick.
Darius Garland came in 2020, and his star is on the rise as he enters year three. Isaac Okoro was the pick last year. He’s still very young, but defense appears to be his calling card.
The point is the Cavs haven’t found a prospect they can truly hang their hat on as the center of the rebuild.
It looks like that’s changed with the selection of Mobley. Here’s three reasons Cleveland GM Koby Altman got the pick right.