Detroit Pistons 2021 NBA Draft Profile: Evan Mobley

Evan Mobley #4 of the USC Trojans could be the pick for the Detroit Pistons (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Evan Mobley #4 of the USC Trojans could be the pick for the Detroit Pistons (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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USC Trojans forward Evan Mobley could be a fit on the Detroit Pistons: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Pistons: Evan Mobley needs to get stronger

While there are not many notable blemishes in Mobley’s game, there are a few that can become problematic once he enters the NBA.

Starting off with the smaller concerns, Mobley can sometimes be a little careless on offense, but that is not the biggest concern with Mobley.

Mobley sometimes will choose to shy away from taking over on offense. In some ways, this goes hand-in-hand with his ability to create his own shot and playmaking ability since he may make a pass for a teammate to take a good shot while passing up a great shot opportunity for him. This may not necessarily be the biggest concern with Mobley still being young, but it is worth pointing out at the moment.

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On defense, where Mobley is more fine-tuned and ready to make an immediate impact, there is really only one big concern with his game. Just as the worries I laid out above, this should not be the biggest concern but must be pointed out.

Mobley sometimes will bite too hard on closeouts on smaller defenders and create easy scoring opportunities for opposing players. This creates issues with his individual defense since he can get exposed by quicker players. While this may actually sound like a big blemish in his game, it is the same vein with his offensive issue in the sense that it will probably go away over time as he grows.

Now for the biggest issue with Mobley. Evan Mobley is very skinny. Since Mobley will be going up against big and strong forwards and centers in the NBA, he must put more meat on his bones in order to compete with those players.

This can become worrisome on both the offensive and defensive sides of the game. On offense, if he does not have the strength to absorb contact, he won’t be able to get to all of his spots on the court. Defensively, it can become a bigger issue down the road.

If he is not able to keep stronger centers and forwards out of the paint, he will be a constant issue and allow easy buckets for his opponents.