Evan Mobley Compared to Chris Bosh, Anthony Davis by Scout Ahead of 2021 NBA Draft

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 26, 2021

Southern California's Evan Mobley (4) plays against Utah in an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 men's tournament Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
AP Photo/John Locher

USC center Evan Mobley might not be the consensus top prospect in the 2021 draft class, but some think he could have as much upside as anyone.

“Why aren’t we more excited about Evan Mobley,” NBA draft analyst Chad Ford asked, per Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. "I had one scout tell me the other night that Mobley is Chris Bosh on offense and Anthony Davis on defense. That’s an NBA superstar. That’s crazy."

This projection wouldn't just be an NBA superstar but one of the best players in the history of the sport, combining the best traits of one Hall of Famer with another likely Hall of Famer. 

Mobley is rated the No. 3 prospect in the class by Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman.

The 7'0" center is coming off an impressive freshman season with the Trojans, averaging 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game. He was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year before eventually leading his team to an Elite Eight appearance.

Scouts are excited about Mobley's defensive ability both as a rim protector and perimeter stopper, something that makes Davis one of the best in the league on that end of the court. 

Offensively, the big man was an efficient scorer who made 57.8 percent of his attempts from the field. He also showed a little bit of three-point ability but finished just 12-of-40 from beyond the arc last year.

Mobley is just scratching the surface of what could be an exciting talent who can help teams in a lot of ways.

"I think I’ll be a generational player that no one has really seen before," he said, per Fedor. "That’s what I’m aspiring to be, and I’m just going to keep working and staying in the gym until I get there."

If Mobley does reach this unbelievable comparison of a Bosh/Davis hybrid, any team that passes on him would be regretting it for decades.