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.
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."