Sat. Jun 12th, 2021

Rudy Gobert is hated on NBA Twitter, but he’s an elite defender.

Rudy Gobert is hated on NBA Twitter, however he’s an elite defender.
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I do know “Basketball Twitter” detests Rudy Gobert, however the truth of the matter is he deserved to win this Defensive Participant of the Yr Award.

I’m not going to lie, the Gobert slander is definitely humorous infrequently.

One Twitter consumer in contrast this man to Samuel Dalembert and one other to Kendrick Perkins. I laughed out loud at each and this one:

Gobert acquired 84 first-place votes as a result of he ranked second within the league in blocks per recreation (2.7), he led the league in complete blocks (190), led the league in defensive rebounds (10.1), and led the league in defensive win shares (5.2).

To not point out his staff additionally has the very best document in all the league and so they have been ranked third within the league in defensive ranking in the course of the common season.

Now I’m totally conscious {that a} true mark of defensive prowess isn’t confirmed simply in defensive statistics. Gobert struggles to protect perimeter gamers at occasions, which may make it laborious for him in switches, particularly in pick-and-roll motion. That issues.

Nonetheless, his rim safety is elite, and it’s an enormous cause why the Jazz are who they’re this season. He deserved to win his third DPOY award in his profession. And sure, all of us bear in mind the COVID-19 fiasco with the microphones and all that, however whereas it’s kinda humorous now, it wasn’t then — and has zero bearing on his on-court play.

We actually have to appreciate that Gobert is definitely a superb participant on this league who will be essential to a championship run. Regardless of twitter’s emotions about this man, he can really play basketball fairly properly when he’s guarding that rim.

Let Gobert have his second. He deserves this honor. Once more. 

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