Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has a lot of doubters in the NBA, even still after winning back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards and making his first All-Star team this season.
Gobert says it’s “great” to have doubters because it only motivates him to become a better player for the Jazz moving forward. The Stifle Tower also appreciates the people who are supporting him and giving him confidence to play at a high level.
Gobert has appeared in 55 games for the Jazz this season. He’s averaging 15.5 points, 14.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.9 blocks while shooting 68.7 percent from the field and 62.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Gobert has 43 double-doubles on the season for the Jazz, who are 36-21 on the season, which is good for fifth place in the Western Conference standings.
The Jazz have lost to the Houston Rockets in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. After Utah acquired Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic this past summer, many pundits picked the Jazz to compete for a championship.
However, Conley has struggled in his first season in Utah. The Jazz are still a really good team, but they’ve been slumping a bit lately and need to turn things around. The club will ultimately go as far as Donovan Mitchell and Gobert take them once the playoffs start.