Rudy Gobert was recently named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in his career. He’s been a ferocious defender, especially in the paint, and serves as the defensive anchor for the Utah Jazz. He plays a vital role in Utah’s rotation, as Gobert’s efforts are a perfect compliment to Donovan Mitchell. In honor of that, it’s Rudy Gobert savage blocks season.
This year, Rudy Gobert has averaged 2.7 blocks per game, which is a career high for him. That stat, along with his 14.3 points and 13.5 rebounds per game this season makes him one of the best centers in the NBA right now. The Jazz have a versatile weapon down low and he’s proven to be a dominant defender throughout his career.
He is a force to be reckoned with in the NBA and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. A highlight reel of all of his career blocks would probably last forever (kind of an exaggeration), so instead, here are Rudy Goberts three most savage blocks of his career.
Rudy Gobert Savage Blocks
Stuffing Ja Morant
In the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, Ja Morant decided to test Utah’s big man. It was a beautiful backdoor cut made by Morant and likely would have resulted in a highlight jam had it been any other center. Instead, Morant was met in the middle of the paint by Rudy Gobert and was denied at the rim. Morant is a fearless competitor, but Gobert’s prowess in the paint is unmatched. The highlight made it’s rounds through social media, via Kevin O’Connor.
I love the fact Ja Morant tested him. What a block by the DPOY pic.twitter.com/XgbuA3KI29
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) May 27, 2021
Morant had the ball cocked back and everything, and yet, Gobert was able to prevent a big dunk in that moment. This is prime Rudy Gobert in this highlight, as this is something he’d done throughout his career. The Jazz star center doesn’t care who his opponent is, he’s going to try and deny an shots he can, especially in the paint where he is the most dominant.
Big Swat over Big KAT
Karl-Anthony Towns is another player who is amongst the best centers in the league. He’s more known for his scoring and typically throws it down over his defenders. However, Towns tends to go to war with Rudy Gobert, as the two duke it out on the court year after year. Check out this swat, provided by Only Famous.
That’s just two giants clashing in the paint right there. Forget David, Gobert proved to be a more superior version of Goliath by taking down another Goliath. The Jazz center has a patience that most don’t have when it comes to shot blocking. He waits for his opponent to to make their move before he makes his strike, like a lion waiting in the grass.
Denying the Greek-Freak
Giannis Antetokounmpo is no doubt one of the most around the rim in the league. He’s fast, strong, and throws it down with tenacity. Not many people can deny the Gree-Freak, as he consistently embarrass his opponents. As for Rudy Gobert, well, just check out this quick highlight provided by Only Famous.
That’s just a perfect example of how to protect the rim. Gobert doesn’t care that Antetokounmpo is a superstar, or that he routinely dunks it over everyone. Instead, the three time Defensive Player of the Year steps in and does his job again. Giannis even looks like he’s at a loss for words after the shot is blocked, as Gobert shows off his impressive defensive skills.