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NBA Rookie Rankings: Cade Cunningham leads way after career night; Evan Mobley playing like an All-Star

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Once the third quarter started, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft took complete control of the game, scoring 26 of his career-high 29 points and dishing out six of his eight assists after halftime. Cleveland returned a majority of its roster from last season where it won just 22 games, so it’s clear to see what the addition of Mobley in the frontcourt has done for the Cavs, as they’ve already passed their win total from a season ago, and sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Just look at some of these possessions over the past week that show his ability to create off the dribble, but that he doesn’t convert on the backend:

You can see the potential in these possessions, where if he would just make a few more of them, Giddey’s game would be elevated to another level:

These are good “Problems” to have, by the way, because Giddey’s already proving that he can take a defender off the dribble and get to the rim.

The beauty of Barnes’ game is that scoring isn’t the only way he can have a positive impact, which is nice considering the Raptors don’t necessarily need him putting up 20 points a game … just yet.

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