Born in Saint-Quentin...
Aisne, in the north of France, Rudy Gobert is as natural as they come. His father played for the French national team. Rudy followed in his father's footsteps. In only three short seasons, it was clear Rudy was ready. To find out of they were ready for him, Rudy declared for the 2013 NBA Draft.
At the NBA Combine, Rudy's wingspan set records and dropped jaws. His lack of professional experience gave some clubs reasons to hesitate. Come draft day, Rudy was taken with the 27th pick by the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets dealt him to the Utah Jazz on draft night. Rudy's first two years saw him play sparingly for the Jazz. In his third year, he arrived. In 2017 Rudy was named to the All-NBA Second Team. He also earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors. He was elected to the All-Defensive First Team again in 2018. Rudy took home the Defensive player of the Year as well.
- His ridiculous wing-span and shot blocking ability have earned him the nickname The Steifel Tower
- He is the third Jazz player ever to earn multiple All-Defensive First Team nods, alongside Karl Malone and Mark Eaton
- Rudy led the league in blocks in the 2016-17 season
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