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Jazz’s Rudy Gobert named Pro Male Athlete of the Year by Utah Sports Commission

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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has been named the Pro Male Athlete of the Year by the Utah Sports Commission, per Ben Anderson of KSL Sports.

Each year, the State of Sport Awards recognizes the best athletes from across the sports landscape in Utah. The Utah Sports Commission recognized Gobert for his excellence on the court, as well as his impact on the community.

“The Utah Jazz’ 7-1, 245-pound center Rudy Gobert has become a real backbone of the Jazz’ success,” a release says of Gobert’s award. “A fan favorite and deeply integrated with the community through his personal cause-related outreach.”

Gobert is the first Jazz player to win the award since 2018 when Donovan Mitchell took home the award. Pro golfer Tony Finau won the award in 2019.

This is the second time Gobert has won the award, first taking home the honor in 2017 during his breakout season with the Jazz.

It’s good to see some positive news regarding Gobert come out. After the Jazz All-Star big man tested positive for COVID-19, there were a lot of people who were teasing the Frenchman since he didn’t take the virus seriously initially.

To recall, Gobert touched a bunch of Jazz reporters’ mics after a presser. He then had a fever of over 100 in the following days, which led to his coronavirus test.

The Jazz had a record of 41-23 before the 2019-20 season was suspended. They were in fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

Gobert made his first All-Star team this season. He was averaging 15.1 points and 13.7 rebounds for the Jazz in 62 prior to the NBA suspending the season.