Rudy Gobert

Draft Profile

Rudy Gobert

Any prospect that sets record measurements in wingspan (7’8.5”) and standing reach (9’7”) at the NBA Draft combine is likely to catch the attention of executives from around the league. Rudy Gobert did just that at the combine in Chicago. The athletic center brings new definition to the term “length” on the basketball court and can nearly hold the rim without even standing on his tip-toes. In a league that places extreme value on length and athleticism, Gobert is sure to hear his name called early on June 27 in New York City.

Things the Draft Experts Like:

  • NBADraft.Net: “Possesses an incredible wingspan with coordination and ability to run the floor that are above average for a big man… Agility and reflexes make him a solid athlete… Has a reliable hook shot and good instinct for the putback… Shot shows solid touch and potential to develop further offensively… Mobility makes him difficult to guard, especially in pick and roll situations… Wingspan allows teammates to put defensive pressure on opponents… Rim protector whose length disrupts passing lanes… Has good timing for blocks… Length makes him a formidable presence in the post… Shows good frame to add weight and toughness is not a big area of concern.”

  • ESPN.com: “Best attribute is his mobility for a player his size… Dominant shot-blocker and a good rebounder… Has the length and athletic ability of a NBA center… Young, has all the physical tools to succeed and is slowly getting better on the court… Wows with sheer size… Could be a nightmare around the basket with another 20 pounds of muscle.”

  • DraftExpress.com: “Possesses impressive mobility for a player standing over seven feet tall… Athleticism and impact on both ends of the floor is unmatched… Shows impressive potential as a rebounder and shot blocker.”

Draft Expert Concerns:

  • DraftExpress.com: “Has a significant amount of work to do to fill out his frame… Needs to polish his offensive skills… Has to cut down on his foul-rate to keep himself on the floor.”

  • NBADraft.Net: “Needs to bulk up to withstand the physicality of the NBA… Lacks great leaping ability… Shooting range is limited and needs to work on back to the basket moves… Predictable and mechanical in his moves, lacking fluidity… Offensive movements are raw, seeming too stiff and lacking confidence in his game… Has a mild demeanor, sometimes lacking competitive fire… Lacks a great feel for the game.”

  • ESPN.com: “Game is still very much a work in progress… Not particularly explosive nor particularly skilled offensively… Needs to add a lot of strength and more offensive moves… concerns over playing a supporting role in France.”