Cuttino Rashawn Mobley (born September 1, 1975) is an American retired professional basketball player who played from 1998 to 2008 in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
He was selected in the second round (41st overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Mobley started at the shooting guard position, where he and Steve Francis formed one of the NBA’s elite scoring backcourts. Mobley played with them for six seasons before being shipped to the Orlando Magic along with Steve Francis and Kelvin Cato for Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard, Reece Gaines, and Tyronn Lue in the 2004 offseason. After playing 23 games with the Magic, though, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings, along with Michael Bradley for Doug Christie. Mobley ranked third in the league in three-point percentage during the 2004–2005 season. He signed a five-year US$42 million deal with the Clippers on July 14, 2005. Besides being known for his three-point shooting, he also relies heavily on his post-up game. In addition, he also ran the Clutch City shootout contest in Houston during his Rockets years. Mobley, along with Sam Cassell and Elton Brand, led the Clippers to the 2006 NBA playoffs.
On January 28, 2005, Mobley’s home was burglarized. Thieves stole $500,000 in cash, jewelry, and other items from Mobley’s Bel-Air, California home.
Mobley’s half-brother, Daniel Smith, was a wide receiver for the National Football League’s Carolina Panthers. He is also the cousin of former NFL linebacker John Mobley and the fourth cousin of Michelle Obama.
On November 21, 2008, Mobley and Tim Thomas were traded to the New York Knicks for Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins. Mobley averaged 13.9 points per game as a member of the Clippers. This deal was delayed, for during Mobley’s physical, the Knicks discovered he has a heart condition. Because the Knicks initially made the deal for salary cap reasons, they decided to finalize the deal regardless. However, on November 28, 2008, it was reported that the heart condition “may be career-ending.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1999)
Atlantic 10 Player of the Year (1998)
Career NBA statistics
Points 11,964 (16.0 ppg)
Rebounds 2,902 (3.9 rpg)
Assists 2,015 (2.7 apg)