Portland Trail Blazers v Utah Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz blocks the shot by Evan Turner #1 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the game on January 21, 2019 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Rudy Gobert voted NBA's best interior defender in annual GM survey

by Aaron Falk

Rudy Gobert has two Defensive Player of the Year awards in his trophy case—but most NBA general managers still don’t think the Utah Jazz center is the league’s top overall defender.

In NBA.com’s annual anonymous survey, 45 percent of the league’s GMs tabbed Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard as the league’s best defender. Gobert finished second with 28 percent of the vote.

Gobert, no doubt, will take note of that.

The Stifle Tower, however, was the clear-cut choice by the general managers for the NBA’s top interior defender (93 percent). And the Jazz were the second most popular pick to be the league’s best defensive team this season.

You can find the full survey at NBA.com. But here are some other Jazz notes from the survey:

• Most GMs believe the Jazz will finish as a top-four seed in the Western Conference.

• Vivint Smart Home Arena has the league’s second-best home-court advantage.

• New Jazz point guard Mike Conley (36 percent) and forward Bojan Bogdanovic (14 percent) were the top two choices as the most underrated player acquisitions of the summer, according to the survey.

• Jazz head coach Quin Snyder was the top choice for the coach with the best defensive schemes (28 percent). Snyder  also received the third-most votes for the coach who makes the best in-game adjustments, behind Dallas’ Rick Carlisle and Boston’s Brad Stevens.

• Conley and Jazz assistant Alex Jensen both have the attention of GMs as possible head coaching candidates someday.


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