Yes the title was that corny, but we don’t care.
At 22 years of age and standing a gangly 7’2″ and 240 pounds, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is becoming a defensive force to be reckoned with.
No one predicted that he would quickly become one of the NBA’s top shot blockers and hoop defenders, his ridiculous 9’7″ wingspan making it almost impossible to get a decent shot off around him.
With his increase in minutes due to Utah’s trading of their former starting center, Enes Kanter, to Oklahoma City, Golbert has established himself as an integral piece of the Jazz’s defensive presence.
Brought to the states and deemed a “work in progress”, Gobert has definitely shown his defensive skill, yet it is obvious that his offense still needs work. At his size he basically only dunks, which I feel like with arms that long is easier than taking an actual layup.
It should be great to see what a young player with that height can grow to be capable of, as he is already causing opposing teams to shoot less than 38% of the floor and has boosted the Jazz to 11th place in defensive rankings throughout the league.