Cavs star Evan Mobley named first-team NBA all-defense
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Evan Mobley has arrived, after just 2 NBA seasons.
The 21-year-old forward was named first-team all-defense Tuesday, joining Alex Caruso (Chicago), Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee), Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis) and Brook Lopez (Milwaukee) on the first team.
He’s the 2nd-youngest player ever named to the first team.
A first- or second-year player hadn’t made first-team all-defense since Don Buse did it for Indiana in 1976-77.
Mobley averaged 1.7 blocks and 0.8 steals per game and helped the Cavs to a 51-win regular season.
Mobley got 49 first-team votes at forward and 34 second-team votes for a total of 132 points.
He had a season-high 8 blocks at Detroit in November, becoming only the 3rd Cavalier to block 8 shots in a single game.
This is his first all-defensive nod.
Mobley is under team control for 2 more seasons at $8.8 and $11.4 million, respectively; then he will be a restricted free agent.
Jarrett Allen was the only other Cleveland player represented; he got 3 second-team votes at center.
Cleveland ranked 1st in the league in defensive rating and held opponents under 100 points 24 times, the most in the league.
A panel of 100 NBA broadcasters and writers votes on the postseason awards.
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