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Evan Mobley (born June 18, 2001) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the USC Trojans and was selected third overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2021 NBA draftOn Nov. 8, the team announced that starting shooting guard Collin Sexton would be out indefinitely with a left meniscus tear. Just eight days later, the Cavaliers announced they will be without their star rookie Evan Mobley, who will be sidelined for a few weeks due to a right elbow sprain. 2021-22 NBA rookie rankings 1.0: Evan Mobley the clear No. 1; struggles for the Jalens; hello, Franz Wagner! Which first-year players are exceeding expectations? Who has earned more playing time going forward? Sam Vecenie breaks it all down.
How long is Evan Mobley out? Injury timeline, return date, latest updates on Cavaliers rookie Evan Mobley left Cleveland's loss to Boston on Monday, Nov. 15 in the third quarter with a right elbow sprain.
It's unclear as to when Mobley suffered the injury, though it appears to have impacted his shot in this one, missing all but one of his free throws on the night. The team has yet to provide an update on his status, though he's set to undergo an MRI on Tuesday, per Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Easily the most-talented big man in the draft, Mobley will step in as a starter for the Cavs from Day 1. While Cleveland retained Jarrett Allen in free agency, the two bigs represent the frontcourt of the future, with Mobley's floor-spacing ability likely to land him at the power forward spot for the foreseeable future. Right now, Mobley is more comfortable in the mid-range than from three (30% 3PT as a freshman at USC last season), but he has a smooth jumper that should improve as he develops. Playing alongside Allen could sap some of Mobley's upside as a rebounder, but he's a much better passer than Allen, and his 2.9 blocks per game at USC suggest that it could be his most-valuable stat category when it comes to fantasy basketball. Cleveland's sign-and-trade deal for Lauri Markkanen will complicate Mobley's development. The Cavs gave up Larry Nance for Markkanen and signed him to a four year deal, so clearly Cleveland is committed to both Markkanen and Mobley. How the minutes are divided amongst those two and Kevin Love at the four will be very interesting. Love has stated he has no interest in a buy out. Like all rookies, expect Mobley to go through some ups and downs, but he'll likely come off the board in the later-middle-rounds of most fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks.
Mobley was diagnosed with a sprained right elbow after suffering an injury during a Nov. 15 loss to the Celtics. The star rookie was given a rough timetable of 2-to-4 weeks to return. However, after a week of rehab, Bickerstaff isn't ready to set a specific return date and wouldn't commit to saying that Mobley was ahead of schedule. Kevin Love and Lauri Markkanen, who both recently returned from COVID-19 protocols, will likely see increased roles during the duration of Mobley's absence.
Impact The star rookie emerged from Monday's loss to the Celtics with an elbow injury, and it's since been diagnosed as a sprain. While this is a disappointing setback for the No. 3 overall pick, who was off to an outstanding start, the Cavs should be getting frontcourt reinforcements soon in the form of Kevin Love and Lauri Markkanen, who have both been absent for the last two weeks due to COVID-19 protocols. Given the timetable, Mobley can safely be ruled out for the rest of November, but fantasy managers can hope to have him back sometime early next month.