Not often do you see a player with a 9’7″ standing reach. Rudy Gobert is quite the specimen and for as tall as he is I think he will be a nice player to have moving forward. Ty strayed away from using Rudy very much but when we did see Rudy we saw a lot of the same stuff.
What I liked:
Rudy disrupted everything. He averaged just under a block in 9.6 minutes a game. His ability to not really have to jump helps him respond quicker on both ends. His per 36 minutes stats would be around 4 blocks and 14 boards a game which is up there with the best defensive players in the NBA.
What he needs to work on:
Offense as a whole. He really struggled to catch the ball in a pick and roll that really hurt his playing time. The Jazz players always seemed to pass it to him when he rolled to the hoop and he would fumble it or have it stolen. I would like to see him get a hook shot as nobody would ever be able to block it.
On the defensive side I think he did a great job for a rookie, but he needs to put on weight and also needs to learn when to jump. Too many times a guard came down the lane and Gobert jumped and the ball was easily shoveled off to the big he was supposed to be with. He needs to learn when to switch and when to trust his teammates.
We only got a glimpse of what Gobert can be, but I think with solid coaching and a good work ethic on Rudy’s part he will be a good player in this league in 3-4 years. It’ll be interesting to see who the Jazz draft and if they trade away Kanter because then Rudy might be asked to jump in and play more minutes.