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Mobley is shooting only 21.1% from 3-point range on less than an attempt per game, a reduction in volume from his rookie season. The work Mobley puts in at the Cavaliers’ practice facility, where he will often make 8 of 10 attempts from seven different spots around the arc, has yet to translate to games. “He still has so much room to grow, so much more things he can expand in his game,” Allen says. “He’s shown excellent flashes of what he can do. Everybody dreams of a stretch big. With Evan, it’d be a stretch big that can be one of the best defensive players in the league.”
The Cavaliers’ front office and coaching staff believed Mobley’s passing and ballhandling ability would mesh with Allen’s skills. They were certain the duo would thrive defensively, due to their size and ability to defend multiple positions. “When you start to think about long-term success and you start to think about the playoffs, how many times do you see big guys get played off the floor?” Bickerstaff says. “They can’t switch, they can’t guard pick-and-roll, so now they’ve got to go sit down and they can’t play. “We were extremely fortunate to look at those two guys, and they have the ability to do that.”