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In an era when the NBA has moved from a possession-based attack to a high-octane, high-volume style of play, it seems unlikely that a 7-foot French player could leave his mark in the game. league.

Well, Rudy Gobert is no ordinary NBA player.

Gobert has grown from a G-League feel-good story to arguably the most dominant defensive player of his generation throughout his nine-year career. He’s won three Defensive Player of the Year awards since joining the league, tied for second all-time.

But the awards and accolades haven’t stopped.

Gobert continued to climb the ranks of the NBA’s greats when he blocked a shot in the third quarter of Monday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. It was the 1,294th block of his career, placing him 50th in league history. He also ranks 16th in NBA history with 2.2 blocks per game.

“Growing up I never thought my name would be up there,” Gobert said after the game. “Thinking back to the trip, all the hard work and dedication and being able to be mentioned with all these big names, it’s amazing. It just comes up from here.… It’s a great blessing.”

Gobert is the all-time No. 3 in career blocks for Jazz, sitting 84 behind Andrei Kirilenko and 1,768 behind one of the all-time greats in Mark Eaton. He is sixth among active players in career blocks, behind Dwight Howard (13), Serge Ibaka (27), Brook Lopez (36), DeAndre Jordan (38) and Anthony Davis (46).

While many will watch Gobert and limit his defensive grandeur to a few blocks, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Gobert is as complete a defensive player as he is in the league when he combines his size and length with his athleticism and intelligence.

“A lot of times he doesn’t decide who he keeps.… He’s part of a bigger plan, so if he doesn’t keep someone, it’s up to me,” head coach Quin Snyder told About Gobert. “He can’t protect everyone.… He tries, and I would love for him too. I think he is, without going into all the analysis and statistics put forward, I think he is our best defender of the game. ‘isolation and the best rim protector in the league. “

When asked what makes his defensive skills so valuable, he realizes that basketball is not a one-on-one game. This is a team effort, so why defend a single player when you can change the outcome of the game by defending multiple players?

“When I’m there I don’t babysit a guy, I babysit the whole team,” Gobert said. “It’s hard for some guys to understand.… They get used to only being able to hit one guy at a time. I’m trying to protect a whole team.”

Despite Gobert’s trophies and comments from Snyder – one of the league’s most respected coaches – there are still quite a few players trying to discredit what Gobert does on the pitch.

Without ever going into details, Gobert chooses to make his piece speak for itself. He understands that with greatness comes people who will continually try to tear him down – good thing he doesn’t care.

“If you’re the best in the world at something, people get insecure and try to discredit you,” Gobert said. “People are going to try to discredit what I do, what we do as a team.… It has been the same my whole career. I will continue to win prizes, trophies and hopefully help out. my team to win something bigger than that. “

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