Jazz’s Quin Snyder says it’s ‘self-evident’ that Rudy Gobert is an All-Star
Despite being a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-NBA member, Gobert has yet to make an All-Star team in his career. Last year, the emotions took over:
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) February 1, 2019
The 27-year-old is once again in the running to make the All-Star Game as a reserve. And Jazz head coach Quin Snyder thinks Gobert should be a lock.
Snyder said Gobert’s case is “self-evident,” per Tim MacMahon of ESPN:
“To be honest, to me, it’s one of those things that’s just self-evident,” said Jazz coach Quin Snyder, whose team has won 19 of its past 21 games to soar into second place in the Western Conference standings. “It’s [about] the things that he does to help his team win.”
Jazz’s Gobert’s Impact On Both Ends
Gobert impacts the game on both ends. He is averaging 15.7 points (on nearly 70 percent shooting), 14.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. And opposing teams are simply terrified of even challenging Gobert in the paint:
Watch the first half of this. This is why Jazz fans always scream how Gobert is underrated. These are the unmeasurables that prove how good he is. Look how no one wants to challenge him at the rim. Should be an all star and DPOY this year. pic.twitter.com/waL9ZXelhC
— Ben (@Sneaky__Ben) January 15, 2020
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle campaigned heavily for Gobert. This was after the Frenchman put up 22 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks against Dallas on Saturday (via MacMahon):
“He is probably going to be Defensive Player of the Year again,” Carlisle said of Gobert, who won the honor the past two seasons. “Gobert impacts the game massively at the defensive end. He doesn’t just do it around the basket. He does it on the perimeter, too, on switches. He does a great job of spacing guys when they drive. We were able to score on a couple of drives on him, but the play he made on Wright’s drive at the end of the game was an amazing play. Look, he’s a great, great defensive player.”
Will this be the year Gobert finally receives his overdue All-Star nod? Find out on Thursday, Jan. 30, when the reserves are revealed on TNT.