NBA Draft fits: 4. Evan Mobley, F, USC
Ideal landing spot: Oklahoma City Thunder
On paper, there’s a ton to like about Evan Mobley. However, as often is the case at the top of the NBA Draft, it’s going to take some time before he maximizes his potential in the NBA. That’s why I believe the Oklahoma City Thunder are almost an ideal landing spot for him.
The Thunder are in the midst of a long rebuild and need a talent that would fit alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. SGA has been great during his time in OKC, but it’s become clear that he needs help. Mobley could provide that in the frontcourt.
He’d have time to learn and grow with this team and won’t have much pressure on him in the first few years of his career. If he’s great right away, super. However, if he needs a year or two to develop and hone his skills, it works perfectly for where this team is.
Mobley is a great prospect – he has the potential to be elite on both ends of the floor – but might not pop right away in the NBA.