Here are some statistics per game as well as shooting percentages for three young players. One of those players is Evan Mobley. Do these capture the full picture? Not at a distance. But play anyway …

OK, so there’s a lot you don’t know. How often do they arrive on the line? Do they shoot 3s? What is their size? what role do they play? I understand.

But if you had to choose a player based solely on the information provided, who would you choose?

Before revealing the real players, here’s what our TSN staff members said to justify who they voted for in our NBA slack chat.

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Jordan Greer (@ jordangreer42): Choosing between Player A and Player B was not difficult. Player A is a better scorer and rebounder, and he is more efficient with his shots. He has the advantage in all statistical categories outside of assists per game, and the difference is negligible. The decision came from Player A against Player C. Although the numbers are similar, I decided to play with Player A because he is posting this line at a slightly younger age. Assuming he doesn’t get hurt and the franchise that acquired him doesn’t completely botch his development, he should be a quality player for a long time.

Carlan Gay (@TheCarlanGay): To the average person, picking Player B might sound crazy, but I’ve been playing this blind catch long enough to know when I’m cheated.

I predict Player B, who has the worst stats in the group, started his career slowly and became an All-Star once he started. Also, if we’re real, are 10.4 points, 6.3 boards, 1.6 blocks, and 1.1 steals really that bad for a 19 year old? We’re a bit spoiled these days with how some rookies are ready to produce in the league, but for me, that’s not bad soil for a young player. Add to that he also shot 49.0% from the field and I’m comfortable with my choice.

Micah Adams (@ MicahAdams13): What are we doing here? I’ll take the player with the highest numbers across the board. Is it an absolute washout with player A? Yeah, for the most part. But all other things being equal, give me player C all day. (I would also like to mention that I will take all three because let’s face it, any big youngster who flaunts these numbers is destined for big things. This is where the rug is pulled out and I blindly take Andrew Bynum over Hakeem Olajuwon, but it’s like that.)

OK, so I mentioned above that one of them was rookie sensation Evan Mobley. And yes, it is absolutely a sensation.

Davis and Garnett were recently named among the NBA’s All-Time 75 Best Players. Garnett won an MVP and could be the most versatile forward of all time while Davis is in his prime and among the most dominant two-way greats we’ve ever seen.

Both got into situations where they could play right away and both did so in teams with low expectations.

Likewise, Mobley enters Cleveland without any real pressure to win straight away. Playing alongside Jarrett Allen, Kevin Love and Lauri Markkanen gives Mobley a trio of unique great veterans of which Darius Garland and Collin Sexton take significant offensive pressure off.

The result? Lots of minutes for Mobley to assert himself defensively and learn the ropes without the burden of carrying a team from day one. While the per-game stats compare favorably to Davis and Garnett’s as rookies, they don’t begin to fully articulate the effortlessly impact on both ends of the floor.

Cleveland is already using the 20-year-old as a defensive anchor, even putting him on top of a 3-2 zone and trusting his ability to communicate, turn and close to shooters while diving to protect the rim. Concrete example ? He leads the entire NBA by a wide margin in the two disputed shots and the disputed 3 points. In that regard, he resembles Davis who entered the NBA as the reigning college defensive player of the year and became an All-NBA-caliber defenseman almost instantly.

Offensively, Mobley is unafraid of contact with paint and also appears at home by easing one or the other elbow. Its smooth passage is reminiscent of Garnett who used his ability to pull the big guys at 18 feet as a means of opening passing lanes and surgically attacking the seams. Mobley isn’t Garnett yet in this regard, but it’s not hard to imagine that development in the next two or three years.

Cleveland may not have had the No. 1 overall pick and No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham has yet to make his debut. But the early returns are promising and there is every reason to believe this may just be the start of a career as an all-time great man.

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