kb02 wrote:Had another full viewing of Mobley. My views haven't changed. I see a young Aldridge. Going to be a sometimes all star, but I don't see Garnett. The quality of college basketball this year has really gone down.
Illinois has two first rounders: Ayo Donsunmu and Kofi Cockburn. Donsumu is playing point for the Illini--legit 6'5, facilitator. Stare hard enough and there's a lot of Fox/Elfrid Payton to his game. More Payton than Fox. But a 1/2 type, who will defend either spot and will be a10 year pro. Mid to late first. Cockburn is probably the biggest beast in college hoops. In another era, he'd be a top 3 pick. Just enormous and athletic too. Think Zach Randolph size without the skill. Late first.
He's a far better defender and passer than Aldridge has ever been though and I have always been a big Lamarcus Aldridge fan. He's not an option for us at this point but I would take him #1 overall in this draft.
Looking more likely with each game that we'll move up in draft position especially if Monte starts selling off our vets (which I hope he does).
There are some interesting similarities to Aldridge, like wingspan, that I can see, but Mobley's lateral quickness is much better (I remember thinking it felt like Aldridge was walking on stilts at times). He's shooting a small amount of 3's and making them at the college level already which LA never did (it was a different game), has a higher FT% so far on 1.5 attempts more than LA did in college, he's averaging more points/rebounds, and he's averaging 3 blocks a game - 1 more than LA did. He's also showing he can be a passer, although needs to improve there. He's averaging 2.2 assists a game which is pretty high for a big man in college.
I think Mobley could wind up being a defensive anchor for a team like Gobert has been for the Jazz, but with an offensive skillset other than lobs.