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2021 NBA Draft Scouting Report
F/C, USC, FRESHMAN
Age on draft night: 20.1 | 7'0" | 215 | Wingspan: 7’4”
Birthdate: Jun. 18, 2001
Primary Values: Versatile offensive tools, rim protector
Pos Ranking: 1
Draft range: 1-3
Strengths: Mobley should be a versatile NBA big man who can score from anywhere. He has a soft touch around the basket, can step out and hit perimeter jumpers, including 3s, and has the unique ability at his size to take defenders off the dribble and get to the rim. He has quick feet and excellent lateral mobility and is an explosive leaper. He has soft hands and a good feel for the game. He’s an above average passer for a big man. On the defensive end, he’s even further along. He’s proven to be an elite rim protector and he has the mobility to guard players all over the floor. He’s very good at avoiding fouls for a young big man.
Weaknesses: At 215 pounds, he needs to add a lot of strength to defend in the paint in the NBA. His lack of strength gets him pushed out of position for defensive rebounds. He currently ranks as a slightly below average defensive and offensive rebounder. His motor waxes and wanes a bit. He can come up very big during crunch time, but gets caught coasting a bit during the middle of games.
Bottom line: Mobley is the unique 7-footer who can be a dominant scorer and rim protector in the NBA. While he needs to add significant strength and keep his motor revved, there are very few big men with his versatile skill set and defensive potential.
court vision: 7
NBA readiness: 8
Statistical strengths for position:
Statistical weaknesses for position:
Best game: Mar 12 vs Colorado (26 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 blocks, 3 turnovers)
Worst game: Jan. 2 at Utah (3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists)