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Rudy Gobert

  • Full Name: Rudy Gobert
  • Position: Power Forward / Center
  • Height/Weight: 7-2 / 238
  • Birthdate: June 26, 1992
  • Club: Cholet Basket (France)
Denver Nuggets (Traded to Utah Jazz on draft night) Round 1: Pick 27
 

- Twenty-seventh Pick: Rudy Gobert

Strengths
- Huge wingspan (7'8.5") and reach (9'7")
- Runs the court very well for his size
- Defends paint extremely well due to his length
- Seems to have a nice touch on his shot
- Excellent at finishing around the basket (73.9 per cent shooting this year)
- Very high shot-blocking and rebounding potential
- Agile and coordinated

Weaknesses
- Needs to work on offensive footwork inside
- Needs to get stronger
- Not a big jumper (may not matter due to his physical profile)
- Mid-range shooting needs improvement

NBA projection
Likely a mid-to-late first round lottery pick. Gobert is a project and has a physical profile few have matched. At 7-2 (7-0.5 without shoes) with a 7-8.5 wingspan and a 9-7 reach Gobert is in a class by himself. He can step out to 15-18 feet in addition to his effectiveness around the basket due to his height and reach. Gobert runs the court well but doesn't appear to be a big leaper, although that will not matter.

2012-2013 Season
Gobert has made gradual improvement from the 2011-12 season when he averaged 4.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg. He shot an astounding 73.6 per cent on two-point field goal attempts limiting himself to shots around the basket and out to 15-18 feet.

Key statistics
8.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 22.7 mpg, .736 2PtFG, .0-3 3PtFG, .704 FT

Cool statistic
Gobert made 73.6 per cent of his two-point field goal attempts this season.

Reminds me of...
Alexis Ajinja or a version of Joakim Noah, depending on his development.

What Insiders Say
Carl Berman, NetScouts Basketball
"Gobert has unmatched length and reach but still must translate that into an effective game. Right now he can protect the rim and alter and block shots, but needs to get much stronger and develop his offensive game. He does not have strong lift which may not matter because of his length. He has a chance to be a game changing player and a chance to be a bust. A definite lottery pick but a risky one"

Luka Bassin, International Scout and Coach
"Gobert was impressive during last year's Treviso Camp and his QF game at EC U20 in Slovenia last summer. He can protect the rim very well using his long arms and can block almost any shot. Because of lack of strength he could have problems with stronger center inside. He can run the floor well and his presence in transition as a trailer is his big advantage. On offense he is an excellent roll-man in pick/roll situations and understands the principles of following. With a lot of room for improvment he is worthy of a lottery pick."

-- Chris Denker and Carl Berman are Managing Partners of NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection." You can follow NetScouts Basketball on twitter @netscouts, or follow Chris and Carl.