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Mock Draft 2.0: Final mock before Thursday's 2021 NBA Draft

Jalen Suggs, Jared Butler - Baylor v Gonzaga
Jalen Suggs, Jared Butler - Baylor v Gonzaga / Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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Evan Mobley - USC v Gonzaga / Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

156. USC. 3. Evan Mobley. player. . . Center

Even now, I'm having a hard time figuring out what the Cleveland Cavaliers will do with their third overall pick. With how the team is currently constructed, Jalen Green, Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs, and Jonathan Kuminga all do not fit the team particularly well. I have a strong feeling that the team will try to make some sort of big move on draft night, even if that move means getting worse before getting better.

For the purpose of this mock draft, though, let's assume that the team keeps their third overall pick. The Cavaliers ought to select Evan Mobley who, to me, is clearly the best player available at this point.

If the Cavaliers decide to go down this route, I don't think it'll be as bad of a plan as others are making it out to be. At the very least, they'll be making another upgrade on the defensive end of the floor and adding an efficient finisher on offense. Assuming that Mobley will initially be coming off the bench, he'll also be given more breathing room and less pressure to perform well.

With that in mind though, the team will also be adding yet another young player whose jump shot is still a work in progress. While his free-throw shooting is indicative that he can improve his shot, if the team wants to be successful any time soon, then getting rid of Kevin Love's contract and adding shooters will need to be the team's top priorities.

While I think it'll be a struggle to have both him and Jarrett Allen on the floor together, he'll be able to develop as the Cavaliers' backup center, and could potentially even take over as their starting center in the future if his development goes according to plan.

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