Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
27-Year-Old CenterC
Utah Jazz  NBA  
Utah Jazz
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gobert is coming off his second straight Defensive Player of the Year award, and he's posted 2.4 blocks per game across the past five seasons. Gobert also led the NBA in field-goal percentage (66.9) last season, with his game being predicated on mostly dunks and easy lay-ins due to his lengthy 7-foot-1 frame. While he's not thought of as a scorer, Gobert averaged a career-high 15.9 points last season and recorded 19 games with at least 20 points. He's a top-tier rebounder as well, averaging 12.3 boards across the past three campaigns, not to mention three performances with at least 20 rebounds in 2018-19. Heading into 2019-20, it's possible Gobert has tapped out his potential. But that should not scare away fantasy owners in the slightest, as the center has proven to be an elite defender and worthy of two All-NBA teams in his six-year career. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $102 million contract extension with the Jazz in October of 2016.
Personal Bio

Rudy Gobert was born in Saint-Quentin, France in 1992. Gobert's father, Rudy Bourgarel, played basketball at Marist College and drew NBA interest after his university days. He was forced to return to France due to a commitment to the French National Team, but his son has since fulfilled the family's NBA quest. Gobert caught the basketball bug when he was 12 years old and started playing for clubs in his hometown of Saint-Quentin. Gobert started playing professional basketball at Cholet Basket in 2011, spending two years there before entering the NBA Draft. In his final season in France, Gobert averaged 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Since entering the NBA, Gobert has been active in a number of charitable causes, most recently donating $500,000 to support part-time workers at Salt Lake City's Vivint Smart Home Arena and help fund coronavirus relief efforts in Utah and Oklahoma City. Gobert often brings summer basketball camp MVPs to Utah to visit and attend Jazz games during the season, working to spread the love of basketball to youths in the Salt Lake area. You can follow Gobert on Twitter and Instagram (@Rudygobert27).

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Gobert's basketball talent was identified early on, as he played in the FIBA Under-18 Championships for France, where he was the team's top scorer and rebounder. He went on to play with Cholet Basket of the French LNB Pro A league, where he was named the Best Blocker and also was named to the league's All-Star team reserves in the 2012-13 season. He led the French Jeep Elite in the 2012-13 season in blocks per game (1.8) and was second in the league in total blocks (48). Gobert declared for the 2013 NBA Draft, with the date landing a day after his 21st birthday. He was selected in the first round (27th overall) by the Denver Nuggets and was traded later that night to the Utah Jazz.

Downplays rift with Mitchell
CUtah Jazz
April 14, 2020
Gobert said Sunday in an Instagram Live conversation with Taylor Rooks of Turner Sports that he spoke with Donovan Mitchell "a few days ago" in an effort to repair the relationship between the two players.
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Gobert's willingness to reach out to Mitchell may at least temporarily defuse the notion that the relationship between the two Jazz co-stars "doesn't appear salvageable," as one source with knowledge of the matter previously labeled the matter in a report published Friday by Shams Charania, Sam Amick and Tony Jones of The Athletic. While Gobert told Rooks that he was ready to turn his focus to teaming up with Mitchell and winning a championship, it's not certain that Mitchell is on the same page with the big man. When he tested positive for the coronavirus shortly after Gobert, Mitchell expressed frustration with the recklessness Gobert exhibited in contacting teammates and the media in the days leading up to the NBA suspending its season. Both players are at least fine from a health standpoint, as the Utah Department of Health fully cleared Gobert, Mitchell and all other Jazz players and personnel of the coronavirus in late March.
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2018

Gobert played in 81 games with eight starts for the Utah Jazz in the 2018-2019 season. He averaged 15.9 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. The rebounding rate was the fourth highest in the league. He shot a career-high 66.9 percent from the field, which was also the highest rate in the league. On Christmas, Gobert swatted a season-high seven blocks as he led the Jazz to a win over Portland. On Jan. 12 he set a new career high for assists in a game with eight in a win over the Bulls. Two nights later, Gobert would grab a career-high matching 25 rebounds, as well as 18 points, in a home win over the Pistons. On Mar. 25, he scored a season-high 27 points as part of a big victory over the Phoenix Suns. Gobert would deliver an eye-popping 66 double-doubles during the season. For the second-straight season, Gobert was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named Third Team All-NBA. The 7-foot-1 center finished with 187 blocks, which was the second most in the league. In Game 1 of the first round playoff series against the Rockets, Gobert set a new career high for points in a playoff game with 22. The Jazz would lose to Houston in five games. Gobert has two more seasons remaining on his contract with the Jazz.

2017

In 56 games, Gobert carried 2017-18 averages of 13.5 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. Utah's star big man dealt with injuries to both knees in that season, however, so he missed 26 games throughout the middle of the campaign. Still, the "French Rejection", despite missing time, took home the 2017-18 Defensive Player Of The Year Award, Gobert's first piece of individual hardware in five seasons in The Association. Gobert also finished the year with a true shooting percentage of 65.7, the third-best mark in the league. The Frenchman also posted 31 double-doubles over the 2017-18 campaign, including a season-high 17 rebounds on March 5. Gobert's season-high for points came a few days before his rebounding clinic, on March 2, when the seven-foot-one center poured in 26 points to help the Jazz defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 116-108. Named to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team, Gobert finished the season with 129 blocks, fourth-most in the Association which is impressive considering Gobert's injury problems resulted in a shortened season for the 25-year-old. He reached double figures in 43 of 56 games, making Gobert an effective and reliable contributor both in reality and fantasy leagues. His 7.9 field-goal attempts per game represented a career-high for Gobert. In both block percentage (6.0) and Defensive Rating (99.5), Gobert finished the 2017-18 season ranked second in the NBA.

2016

Gobert emerged as a league-wide superstar in his fourth NBA season. Starting 81 times, Gobert averaged a double-double per game to lead the Jazz to a 51-win season and a trip to the second round of the NBA Playoffs. He made his season debut on Opening Night (Oct. 25), scoring 12 points and adding 14 assists in over 40 minutes of play. On Nov. 28 against Minnesota, Gobert's 16 point and 17 boards helped the Jazz win by nine. A night later, he once again scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, leading the Jazz to a 19-point victory. Arguably the most prolific night of Gobert's career came on Jan. 20 against Dallas, when he torched the Mavericks for 25 points and 27 rebounds en route to a victory.

2015

Gobert's third season in the NBA was his best yet. Starting all but one of the 61 games he played, Gobert averaged 9.1 points and 11.0 rebounds while shooting 55.9 percent from the field. He made his season debut on Opening Night, Oct. 25, and scored six points while grabbing 12 rebounds in a close loss to Detroit. On Nov. 15, Gobert compiled his first double-double of the season, an 11-point and 11-rebound showing which helped the Jazz take down the Hawks. Gobert was sidelined for much of December with a left knee injury he suffered in practice. He returned Jan. 7 against Houston, scoring six points and adding three rebounds in just over 15 minutes of play. Gobert was at his best on Jan. 16, scoring 18 points and grabbing 18 rebounds as the Jazz dominated the Los Angeles Lakers to the tune of a 27-point victory.

2014

In 2014-15, Gobert had a productive second season in the NBA season. He appeared in all 82 games for Utah and started 37 games. He also registered 25 double-doubles. Gobert made his first career start on Dec. 14 against Washington and delivered seven points and nine rebounds in 31 minutes. On Dec. 20, Gobert recorded his first career double-double, scoring 11 points and adding 12 rebounds as the Jazz fell to the Charlotte Hornets. On Jan. 9, the French center blocked a career-high seven shots, plus added seven boards, three steals and three assists at OKC. Gobert's best game of the season came in a March 3 victory over Memphis, during which he scored 15 points and grabbed an astounding career-high 24 rebounds.That set off a torrid month of play which saw Gobert grab 22, 19 and 20 rebounds in consecutive games -- all victories for Utah. Gobert started the last 29 games of the season with the Jazz. Over that 29-game stretch, Gobert put up 11.1 points and 13.4 rebounds per contest. Twice in April he scored a career-high 20 points, including a 20-point, 17-rebound effort during a home win over the Mavericks.

2013

Gobert was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the first round (27th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft. He was later traded to the Jazz in a draft-day deal featuring Erick Green, and signed a rookie contract shortly thereafter. Gobert participated in 45 games with Utah as a rookie, coming off the bench each time and averaging 9.6 minutes per contest. Gobert made his NBA debut on opening night in 2013, Oct. 30, scoring two points and adding seven rebounds as Utah fell to Oklahoma City by three. He collected a season-best 11 rebounds Nov. 5 against Brooklyn, breaking that mark three days later with a 12-rebound effort against the Bulls. Gobert reached double figures in points for the first time in his career a few weeks afterwards, scoring 10 (3-3 FG, 4-9 FT) in a Nov. 24 contest against the Thunder. That ended up being the best scoring effort of his rookie campaign. The next day against Chicago, Gobert accounted for nine rebounds as Utah took down Chicago by six. He finished the year with one of his best statistical performances yet, an eight-point, nine-rebound performance that also included a pair of blocks. On another positive note, Gobert showed flashes of what he could do defensively in his inaugural NBA season. He collected a total of 41 blocks in his limited time on the court, which led to a per-36 average of 3.4 rejections per contest.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 1st round (27th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft and was later traded to the Jazz in a draft-day deal.
  • July 6, 2013
    Signed a multi-year, rookie contract with the Utah Jazz
  • October 31, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract to stay with the Utah Jazz
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Battling knee injuries, Gobert was limited to 56 games last season -- his fifth year in the league. He regressed slightly across the board, though was presumably playing at less than 100 percent for much of the year, and still averaged 13.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks while shooting 62.2 percent from the field. On a positive note, he was able to set a career high in free-throw percentage (68.2) and match his career-high 0.8 steals per game. While it’s no secret at this point, Fantasy owners who draft Gobert get a walking double-double (31 last season) with high upside for blocks (22 games with at least three blocks). But, it might be fair to begin questioning his durability. He’s averaging just 66 games played over the past three seasons, with all his missed time being due to knee issues. That being the case, Fantasy owners who draft Gobert may want to bolster their center depth to create a safety net.
Gobert, whose Fantasy stock has been slowly trending upwards since his 2013-14 rookie year, had a breakout campaign last season, largely due to his much improved scoring ability. From the 2015-16 season to this past season, the 7-foot-1 center raised his points per game from 9.1 to 14.0 and his field-goal percentage from 55.9 to 66.1. In addition to his offensive production, Gobert ripped down an impressive 12.8 boards last season, as well as leading the NBA with 2.6 blocks per game. He made an especially impressive run after the All-Star break, posting an incredible 16.7 points, 13.1 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 70.1 percent from the field. While it seems unlikely that Gobert significantly improves his rebounding and shot blocking next season, he clearly still has more upside as a scorer, as evidenced by his post-All-Star break hot streak, as well as the 2016-17 campaign overall. With the departure of last year’s leading scorer, Gordon Hayward, as well as the addition of pass-first point guard Ricky Rubio, Gobert seems to be in prime position for another scoring leap. If that ends up being the case, the 25-year-old has a legitimate shot at being a top-10 Fantasy talent.
In just three seasons in the league, Gobert has already established himself as one of the NBA’s premier defensive centers. At 7-foot-1 with a standing reach of almost 10 feet, Gobert is superb at deterring opponents from attacking the rim, allowing the Jazz wings to aggressively gamble on steal opportunities. While Gobert’s defensive credentials are not in doubt, the Jazz are still hopeful he’ll make enough strides on the other end of the court to turn into an All-Star talent. Gobert’s 9.1 points per game last season were a career high, but he saw his field-goal (55.9%) and free-throw (56.9%) percentages drop from 60.4 and 62.3 percent, respectively, from the season before. It certainly didn’t help matters that he missed nearly a quarter of the season with a sprained left knee, so with renewed health, there’s a chance Gobert can emerge as a double-digit scorer in 2016-17. If that materializes, it’s within the realm of possibility for Gobert to turn in production similar to DeAndre Jordan, albeit with fewer rebounds and a better percentage from the charity stripe.
Gobert enjoyed a breakout season during his second year in the NBA, which saw him claim Utah's starting center job after the trade deadline and never relinquish it. The Frenchman was never given a crack at the starting five during his rookie season under the direction of former coach Ty Corbin, but Gobert came away from last season with 37 starts, which was partly enabled by the mid-season departure of Enes Kanter and the new direction of coach Quin Snyder. At 7-2, Gobert has a knack for being active at the rim, which was evident by his 8.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals, and 2.3 blocks per game when making an appearance in all 82 tilts last season. He's carrying momentum over from the previous year as an elite rebounder and shot blocker and consequentially should garner attention within the first three rounds of most standard-sized drafts this preseason since he's on tap for significant minutes as a starter while playing alongside Derrick Favors. The duo of Gobert and Favors in Utah's frontcourt is arguably the most menacing pair of rim protectors in the league as opposing teams will undoubtedly have trouble driving into the paint on the Jazz, or collecting rebounds for that matter. Perhaps somewhat underrated in Gobert's game is his ability to stay out of foul trouble. Despite averaging 26 minutes on the court and being the last resort on defense, he only committed five or more fouls twice during the entire season.
Rudy Gobert (pronounced: Go Bear) is entering his sophomore season in the NBA. In his rookie season, the Frenchman only played 10 minutes per game through 45 games. As a result, he finished with averages of 2.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.9 blocks. Gobert seemed to be out of favor with head coach Ty Corbin last season and stands to benefit from the change to new skipper Quin Snyder. Gobert possesses raw athletic ability coming in at 7-2, although, the 22-year-old still needs some polishing before he's a staple in Utah's rotation. Last season, he spent some time in the D-League and blew away the competition, but transitioning his production to the NBA remains a considerable hurdle for Gobert. A sign of a bright future are his per-36 numbers, which came in at 8.6 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks last season. With his ability to defend the rim, it may be hard for Snyder not to give him a shot at playing big minutes at some point this season.
The 7-1 rookie, acquired on draft night, has promise, but the team isn't expecting much this season It remains to be seen how much of the court he actually sees this season, although the Jazz lack depth in the frontcourt, which could lead to Gobert seeing time if someone gets injured.
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Remains at odds with Mitchell
CUtah Jazz
April 10, 2020
According to Shams Charania and Tony Jones of The Athletic, Gobert and Donovan Mitchell remain at odds over Gobert's role in the coronavirus saga.
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Clear of coronavirus
CUtah Jazz
March 27, 2020
Gobert, teammate Donovan Mitchell, and all Jazz players and personnel were fully cleared of coronavirus by the Utah Department of Health on Friday, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports.
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Condition improving
CUtah Jazz
Illness
March 16, 2020
Gobert (illness) announced Sunday that he's "feeling a little better every single day" after testing positive last week for the coronavirus. "I wish I could have taken this thing more seriously," Gobert said.
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Tests positive for coronavirus
CUtah Jazz
Illness
March 11, 2020
Gobert tested positive for coronavirus Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Downgraded to out
CUtah Jazz
Illness
March 11, 2020
Gobert (illness) was ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.
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