Remember that time Andrew Wiggins dunked on Gobert? Don’t expect that to happen to often this season. The 7-foot-1 big man blossomed into an elite rim defender last season, finishing fourth in all of basketball with 2.3 blocks per game.
But “The Stifle Tower” does more than just swat shots. He gobbled up 17.2 rebounds per 48 minutes last season, good for sixth-best in the NBA, and had the fifth-best defensive rating (an estimation of points allowed per 100 possessions) of 98.0. With Derrick Favors by his side in the frontcourt, Gobert will continue to terrorize opponents and cement his place as the league’s best defender.
Mar 30, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) blocks Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) in the second quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
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