The Cleveland Cavaliers will kick off their new season on Wednesday night as they face another young team attempting to make an impact in the East: the Brooklyn Nets.
There are many things to look for with the Cavaliers, including the output from Evan Mobley.
Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer spoke about Mobley’s potential on ESPN Cleveland and said that he needs to step it up offensively.
“He’s got to develop more of an offensive game than a couple of rim runs and a couple of putbacks,” Goldhammer said.
“He has the playmaking ability. It’s not a talent question for him; it’s an implementation question,” he added, suggesting that Mobley can do better and just needs to reach that next level.
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Goldhammer laid the blame at the feet of head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.
He believes that Mobley is ready to push himself forward and be more of an offensive threat, but he just needs to be given the guidance and green light from Bickerstaff.
One can understand why Mobley isn’t the team’s first option when it comes to scoring.
Their backcourt is led by the combination of Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland, two of the best shooters in the game.
Conventional wisdom has said that they should handle the scoring, while Jarrett Allen and Mobley should focus on protecting the rim and posting easier shots down in the paint.
But perhaps the team will need to change things up in the new season and give Mobley more responsibilities.
Obviously, the plan they followed last year didn’t ultimately end with them winning in the postseason, so rethinking things could be wise for Bickerstaff.
Mobley has been a consistent star since joining the league.
Fans and analysts are urging him to become even more in the new season.