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Jazz center Rudy Gobert says he’d take DPOY award over All-Star selection any day

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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert may have been snubbed from All-Star selection this past season, but he got some sort of payback with his second straight Defensive Player of the Year award.

Gobert was named the 2o19 DPOY during the NBA Awards night, beating Milwaukee Bucks star and eventual MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George for the honor. The French big man also won the accolade in 2018, during which he edged Joel Embiid and Anthony Davis.

After taking his latest recognition, Gobert spoke out about his All-Star snub and emphasized that winning the honor as the best defensive player in the league is much more valuable to him.

“I’d take the Defensive Player of the Year any day over an All-Star selection. There’s only one of these in the whole league every year,” Gobert said, per Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune.

To recall, Gobert turned emotional after learning he didn’t make the All-Star team last February. Back then, he pointed out that he thought he deserves the recognition and felt that he was disrespected — both by his peers and coaches.

While he was mocked by other players for his reaction to his All-Star snub, Gobert certainly still had the last laugh. Winning the Defensive Player of the Year award is no easy feat, and doing it in back-to-back years makes it more remarkable.