Posts Tagged ‘Rudy Gobert’

ESPN ranked the top 50 rising stars in the NBA and Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert came in at No. 7 on the list.

Of Gobert, ESPN wrote, “Since the start of last season, opponents are shooting just 42 percent on shots within 5 feet of the basket against Gobert, the lowest figure allowed by any player.”

As part of the ranking, they also released a short video that talks about Gobert as the best defender in the NBA.

Elder Harvey Langi headed to the NFL

It has been more than three years since NFL hopeful and former BYU playmaker Harvey Langi returned home from his two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but his draft profile for the NFL Combine refers to him as Elder as pointed out by Matt Brown on Twitter.

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ESPN’s Marc Stein released his latest NBA Power Rankings and the Utah Jazz came in at the No. 8 spot.

Of the Jazz, he wrote, “If you believe in the value of nightly average point margin when it comes to measuring a team’s strength, Utah deserves its status as the current holder of the last home-court advantage playoff spot in the West, thanks to a reading of plus-4.1 that ranks sixth in the league overall.”

The Jazz were one spot higher, coming in at No. 7 in John Schuhmann’s NBA.com Power Rankings.

After talking about Rodney Hood’s injury, Schuhmann wrote, “Gordon Hayward is healthy and scored 60 points on 64 percent shooting as the Jazz took care of business against the struggling Bucks and Hornets last week. Joe Johnson also awoke from a slumber and the pair combined with George Hill for a 22-4, fourth-quarter run that turned a 10-point deficit into a seven-point win against Charlotte on Saturday.”

Rudy Gobert’s game analyzed in Prodigies Series

Jake Rauchbach took a look at the strengths and weaknesses in Rudy Gobert’s game in the latest installment of Basketball Insiders’ Prodigy Series.

After touching on the play of Anthony Davis — who was also looked at — Rauchbach wrote, “Gobert is a quintessential energy guy whose defense, rebounding and high field goal percentage have been a major asset for the Jazz this season.”

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Phil Watson of Fansided’s Hoops Habit looked at the NBA award races and Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert was mentioned multiple times.

First, Watson has Gobert at No. 3 in the race for Most Improved Player, stating, “Now in his fourth season, Rudy Gobert continues to make strides for the Utah Jazz.”

Then, after talking about Gobert’s stat line, Watson continued, “Gobert has learned what he does well and does that, taking a whopping 98.9 percent of his shots from inside of 10 feet and 85.4 percent from three feet and in. He’s made 77 dunks already and those account for 42.2 percent of his attempts.”

Gobert is brought up once again in the Defensive Player of the Year category, where he is listed at No.1.

Talking about his defensive skills, Watson writes, “But the rim projection Gobert provides — he allows opponents an NBA-low 53.2 percent shooting percentage in the restricted area, per stats.nba.com — allows the Utah perimeter defenders to take chances they otherwise would not be able to take.”

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