As in 2018 and 2019, Rudy Gobert was consecrated defender of the year by the NBA, the tricolor pivot integrating a very closed circle.
Rudy Gobert could hardly have dreamed of a better sequence. Author of a decisive counter on Tuesday, on a three-point attempt at the last chance of the Clippers in the dying seconds of the first game of the conference semifinals, the tricolor pivot was consecrated, Wednesday, Defender of the year 2021. His third coronation after those of 2018 and 2019.
Dispossessed of the title in 2020 by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the interior of Jazz is only the fourth player in history to count three or more titles of “Defensive Player of the Year” after (4, in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001), Ben Wallace (4, in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006) and Dwight Howard (3, in 2009, 2010 and 2011).
And should we see the consequence of the new status of Jazz, best team in the regular season, but the coronation of the former Le Havre does not suffer from any dispute, no offense to Ben Simmons, who has often denigrated the performance of the French. With 464 points and 84 first places among the 100 voters, Rudy Gobert is ahead of Ben Simmons, (287 points, including 15 first places) and Draymond Green (76 points).
The surprise was nonetheless at the rendezvous for Rudy Gobert, who indeed found the statuette rewarding his victory on his seat, in the locker room of the Jazz. The occasion for a great celebration with his teammates.
– NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 10, 2021
The statistics clearly pleaded for a coronation of the native of. While posting 14.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocks on average in 31 minutes, Rudy Gobert is also the leader of the League in total rebounds (960), in total defensive rebounds (720), at rebound average defensive (10.1), total counters (190), defensive win shares (5.2) or even defensive rating (100.9) and ranks second in rebound average (13.5), defensive rebound percentage (33.5%), average blocks (2.7), average shots contested (14.8).