RUDY'S JOURNEY

He's won the last two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards. He's been named to the All-NBA Second and Third teams. He's been a dominant force—on both ends of the floor—with the French National Team and the Utah Jazz.

And now? Rudy Gobert's an All-Star.

This season, Gobert ranks in the league's top five in field goal percentage (No. 1), rebounds (No. 2) and blocks (No. 4) per game, and in screen assists (No. 1) and win shares (No. 2)—all while anchoring one of the league's best defenses. He's worked to become one of the most undeniably impactful players in the NBA, and now he's being recognized on one of the league's most visible stages.


The Jazz traded back into the first round to grab French center Rudy Gobert with the No. 27 pick of the 2013 NBA Draft. Gobert wouldn't become Utah's full-time starter until February 20, 2015, when he joined Utah's starting five after the All-Star break and helped the Jazz become the best defense in the NBA for the rest of the season.
Gobert set two career highs within two days, blocking eight shots against the Indiana Pacers on March 20, 2017 and scoring 35 points against the New York Knicks two days later.
Gobert led the NBA in field goal percentage (.670) and also set a regular season NBA record with 306 dunks during the 2018-19 season.
From January 18–25, 2020, Gobert scored 20+ points in four straight games for the first time in his career.
AWARDS/HONORS
2017 All-NBA Second Team
2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
2019 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
2019 All-NBA Third Team
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DONOVAN'S JOURNEY

Donovan Mitchell still has the box score from his worst defeat—a 4-for-22 performance against the Rockets in Game 5 during last year's playoffs—and still remembers the tears he shed in the locker room afterward.

Mitchell got a taste of All-Star Weekend when he won the Slam Dunk Contest as a rookie, and now, as Utah's leading scorer and one of the league's most exciting young stars, he'll be making a well-deserved appearance in the NBA's midseason showcase.

"I didn't expect to be in the NBA," Mitchell said. "To not only be here but to be on a team like this, to be an All-Star and to represent my team with Rudy is such a blessing."


Drafted with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Donovan Mitchell wasn't planning to be a starter to begin his rookie season. Just moments before the season opener tipped off, though, Mitchell was unexpectedly added to the starting lineup. He finished with 10 points and four assists in 26 minutes, and he ended up starting 71 of his 79 games during his rookie season.
On December 1, 2017, Mitchell scored 41 points—his first career 40-point game—in a comeback victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Mitchell scored a career-high 46 points twice—against Milwaukee and Denver, two of the NBA's best teams—and was named Western Conference Player of the Week two times (in January and March) during the 2018-19 season.
On January 16, 2020, Mitchell tied his career high with 46 points versus the New Orleans Pelicans. It was his fifth career 40-point game.
AWARDS/HONORS
Won the 2018 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend
2018 All-Rookie First Team
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