Evan Mobley’s landing spot flip-flops again

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The NBA draft countdown continues as we get closer and closer to the Detroit Pistons being on the clock on July 29. So, why not examine another mock draft?

Scott Gleeson of USA Today wrote up another NBA mock draft. Notably, he has USC Trojans star big man Evan Mobley going fourth to the Toronto Raptors.

Is this a mild surprise? Perhaps, although we examined that the Raptors might be the best fit for Mobley as a player. On the other hand, Gleeson’s reasoning behind the pick makes a tremendous amount of sense.

“Mobley’s fallen down on this list because the three guards ahead of him offer more reward over risk. But this is a pick the Raptors just can’t pass up on. His shot blocking ability, length and size position him to make an impact right away for Toronto. He has potential as a long-term All-Star at the big man position but he’ll need to bulk up to have better strength against NBA bigs.”

Simply put, Mobley “fell” to four due to the emergence and perceived higher ceilings of Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, and Jalen Suggs. That is by no means a knock on Mobley, rather a testament to the changing of the guard in the NBA as teams implement smaller, more guard-heavy lineups.

As Gleeson pointed out above, Mobley going to Toronto would allow him to make an impact from the get-go and potentially snag the starting center spot, one the Raptors desperately need to fill after the departures of both Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka last summer.

Mobley being mocked to Toronto seems to be a more recurring theme as of late, and not because he can’t perform. Everybody knows how dynamic Mobley is. However, the Pistons need a playmaker and are heavily linked to Cunningham. The Houston Rockets also need a playmaker, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers as the biggest wild card for Mobley’s services at No. 3.

Prepare yourselves. Evan Mobley going to the Raptors becomes more and more of a possibility with every passing day.