Temecula’s Evan Mobley, now a rookie for the Cleveland Cavaliers, got his NBA career started with 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and had one blocked shot in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Valley News/NBA Courtesy photo

Temecula native and Cleveland Cavaliers rookie, Evan Mobley, got his NBA career started off with a bang Wednesday, Oct. 20, after posting a rare final stat line in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Mobley, who earned the start, produced 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and had one blocked shot in 38 minutes of work in the 132-121 loss. He converted on 7-of-13 shot attempts from the field, including 1-of-2 from 3-point range.

Mobley is just the second rookie in history to record at least 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in a debut game. The other player to reach those numbers in a debut was Deandre Ayton, who plays for the Phoenix Suns.

“I feel like I did good. I felt comfortable out there,” Mobley told the media after the game. “I feel like we played a pretty good game. We didn’t get the win but, overall, I feel like it was a rather good first game for me.”

The third overall pick in the 2021 draft, Mobley has the potential to become a big star in the NBA, and it is mainly due to his size and athleticism. His first game offered a glimpse of the future in what should be a great season for the former Rancho Christian standout.

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