Former NBA Champion Richard Jefferson Gives Evan Mobley Golden Tip to Become Cavs’ Next LeBron James

Published 09/20/2021, 11:54 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates the final horn against the Denver Nuggets during overtime quarter of Los Angeles’ 120-116 win on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Evan Mobley is a talented center who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They drafted him in this year’s NBA draft at number 3. While many favor Jalen Green and Cade Cunningham above him to win Rookie of the Year, he can surprise the experts. His size and capabilities are often compared to that of dominant forwards and centers like LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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However, some analysts and insiders believe he needs to work on his strength to become lethal like Giannis or Durant. In fact, former NBA Champion Richard Jefferson recently told him in an interview that he needs to learn this from LeBron James.

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Jefferson on how Mobley can be like LeBron James and Kevin Durant

During an online interview with Evan Mobley, Jefferson gave him some advice going into the league.

He said, “If you look at guys like Giannis, you look at guys like Bron, guys that have added good muscles. Not about adding size or getting bigger, it’s just about adding strength.” 

Further, Jefferson added, “Like even Kevin Durant, as skinny as he is, has gotten stronger since he’s been in the league. He hasn’t necessarily added size. But he’s gotten – like well, he’s probably added a little bit.

“But it’s just the strength that you add. You don’t have to necessarily get bigger. Giannis got bigger but like you could tell like every pound that Giannis gained was pure muscle you know. So, it’s like people make it seem like Giannis didn’t get bigger that dude just literally got stronger throughout his frame.”

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DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

What does this mean for the Cavaliers and Evan Mobley?

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So, according to Jefferson, the number 3 draft pick, Mobley needs to focus on strength more than his physical build. He needs to be strong enough to dominate inside the paint against guys who are almost double his size. The likes of Jonas Valaciunas and Steven Adams are significantly stronger than Mobley mainly due to their size. If he works on his strength and builds on his athleticism, Mobley will be on the trajectory of becoming a star in the league.

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In order to make Mobley realize how he could go wrong, Jefferson jokingly added, “So when you see guys starting to get bigger and gain weight like our guy Kendrick Perkins, that’s when it gets bad.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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