1. Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers were able to retain Jarrett Allen on a nine-figure deal and sign Mobley, a two-way center that would’ve been perfect for the Raptors if he had fallen to them. While some Toronto fans may still have refused to get over the fact their Mobley Photoshops will never become reality, Barnes has a path towards outscoring him in Year One.
As with Wagner, Mobley has to deal with a ton of young players who will all share the floor for heavy minutes and all of whom want to improve their own offensive games. Barnes has a defined role as the fifth or sixth scoring option in Toronto, while Mobley will be fighting for touches.
How many shots will Evan Mobley get?
The backcourt tandem of Darius Garland and Collin Sexton will require plenty of touches, and while Allen isn’t ball-dominant, they will need to get him scoring opportunities. Lauri Markkanen was brought in on a pricy four-year deal, 2020 No. 5 pick Isaac Okoro will be looking to take more shots, and Kevin Love is still hanging around.
Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green are going to be the two top scorers for rookies this year, as their rebuilding teams will give them full control of the offense. The situations for Barnes and Mobley are a bit different, as they won’t have as high a volume of attempts. Given the better infrastructure around him, Barnes should outpace Mobley in points.