September 16, 2020, 4:15 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler, Rudy Gobert, Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook have all received the honor of being elected to the 2019-20 All-NBA Third Team.
Tatum and Butler squared off last night in what should be a fantastic Eastern Conference Finals between two of the best teams in today's NBA. Tatum edged out Butler by only six third team votes while both players received exactly 32 second team votes. Gobert was the only player in the group who received a first team vote (1). Simmons and Westbrook rounded out the group and while this is Westbrook's ninth All-NBA award, it is the first time Simmons receives such praise in his third season.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 8, 2020, 6:51 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis was named to the NBA All-Defensive First team on Tuesday, joining Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert, Marcus Smart and Ben Simmons.
It is hard to argue with the decisions made here with all five players putting together First-team worthy production on a consistent basis. It is the third First-team selection for Davis who missed out completely last season. Gobert gets his fourth straight nod, while Giannis is making his second straight appearance. Smart also makes it back-to-back appearances on the First-team, with Simmons being selected for the very first time.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 1, 2020, 11:33 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert dropped 19 points to go along with 18 rebounds and two blocks on 8-of-13 shooting in 39 minutes as the Jazz dropped their Game 7 matchup vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Gobert bounced back from his sub-par game on Sunday but it wasn't enough to push the Jazz into the second round. He also wasn't as sharp as normal on the defensive end, giving up 30 points to Nikola Jokic including what would end up being the game-winning bucket. His offensive game is limited and now with the Jazz out of the playoffs, the organization might explore their options when it comes to trading the big man.
August 30, 2020, 11:17 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert put together 11 points (5-of-11 FT), 11 rebounds, one steal and one block against the Nuggets on Sunday.
Gobert's stats would've been acceptable if not for his struggles from the free-throw line, but Gobert struggled to accumulate big numbers over 42 minutes of playing time. Free-throws are always going to be a letdown, as he's been stuck below .700 percent for every season of his career. His limitations on the offensive end could become a frustration if the Jazz can't get the win in Game 7 on Tuesday.
August 25, 2020, 9:48 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert scored just 11 points (4-of-9 FG, 3-of-4 FT) and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Nuggets outlasted the Jazz, 117-107, on Tuesday in Game 5.
Gobert was on the floor for almost 43 minutes — he definitely needed to score more for the Jazz to win. He's always been labeled as "offensively challenged," but has made strides in the last two seasons (15.1 ppg in 2019-20). This was Gobert's weakest offensive output of the series thus far and the Jazz will look to capitalize on another opportunity to finish off the Nuggets in Game 6 on Thursday.
August 25, 2020, 7:03 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been awarded the Defensive Player of the Year for 2019-20, according to Shams Charania.
This is the first time Antetokounmpo has won the award, beating out Anthony Davis and two-time award winner Rudy Gobert. Also the favorite to win the league's MVP award, Antetokounmpo polled 75 out of a possible 100 first-place votes to run away with the award. Despite only averaging a combined 2.0 blocks and steals, his presence on the defensive end of the floor cannot be denied and he is certainly a deserving winner.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 24, 2020, 12:38 amRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert put up 17 points with 11 boards in a win over the Nuggets in Game 4 on Sunday night.
Gobert shot 7-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from the stripe. The pick-and-roll with Gobert and Donovan Mitchell has been a huge issue for the Nuggets as it has either resulted in a Mitchell bucket or Gobert dunk on most possessions. Gobert is the anchor of the Jazz defense and continues to show how valuable he is on both ends of the floor.
August 21, 2020, 7:01 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert feasted on a non-existent Nuggets defense in Friday's 124-87 drubbing, posting 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting to go with 14 rebounds and a steal.
Nikola Jokic and company provided no resistance for the Jazz at all, with pitiful efforts allowing Gobert to pick up dunk after dunk. The Stifle Tower didn't have any blocks but it didn't matter as the Jazz were up by 20 for most of the game. This thorough trouncing also allowed Donovan Mitchell to pump the brakes a bit, though he sleepwalked his way to 20 points, four rebounds, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes. The Jazz earned a split with Mike Conley out and now look to be in total control with their roster back at full strength and Denver scrambling for answers after two awful showings.
August 19, 2020, 6:40 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
In Wednesday’s series tying game, Rudy Gobert had 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one turnover in 35 minutes.
Gobert struggled from the free throw line, missing three of his eight attempts but produced elsewhere. Gobert will continue to operate as one of the league’s best shot-blockers as the Jazz look to take the lead in the series on Friday.
August 13, 2020, 10:04 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell played just 11 minutes as the Jazz went easy on their starters on Thursday against the Spurs, scoring 11 points and grabbing four boards.
Mitchell was actually quite active in his limited time, making three triples and dishing out three assists. It was clear the Jazz were resting their main assets, as Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley both sat out and Joe Ingles played just 12 minutes, scoring three points.
August 13, 2020, 9:48 pmTony BradleyC, Utah Jazz
Tony Bradley led all Jazz starters with 22 minutes played, scoring six points and pulling down 10 boards in Thursday's victory.
Bradley was getting the start and playing this quota of minutes because of the absence of Rudy Gobert (back soreness), but we've come to learn that Bradley can be a solid handcuff when Gobert is unavailable.
August 12, 2020, 5:20 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The Jazz will not have Rudy Gobert (low back soreness) and Mike Conley (right knee soreness) as they take on the Spurs in their last game of the season.
It has been rumored that the Jazz and Thunder are hoping to play the Nuggets over the Rockets in the first round. The Jazz are currently in pole position and need to lose their last game on Thursday against the Spurs in order to clinch the sixth seed and face the Nuggets in the first round. It is very strange to think that a team will try to lose in order to win, but here we are. Tony Bradley is the primary beneficiary with Gobert sidelined while several players will see a small increase in value with the Conley news.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
August 10, 2020, 8:19 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert logged just 16 minutes on Monday and was limited to producing nine points (3-of-5 FG, 3-of-4 FT) with five boards, three dimes and one steal.
The Jazz starters all played less than 20 minutes in this one, which obviously stifled their ability to produce stats for fantasy. However, when given time in the 30-plus minute range, Gobert has shown that he's a top-30 value player.
August 8, 2020, 8:44 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert (rest) was back in action for Saturday's 2OT loss to the Nuggets, recording a double-double with 22 points (9-of-12 FGs, 4-of-8 FTs), 13 rebounds, two assists and one block.
Gobert, who is a finalist to win the Defensive Player of the Year award, was mildly disappointing with only one blocked shot and no steals recorded tonight. That said, there's little to complain about overall since the NBA restarted the season as he's averaging one steal and just under two blocks per game.
August 8, 2020, 1:04 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis and Rudy Gobert have been announced as the finalists for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Gobert is the reigning DPOY and is currently going for a three-peat. Giannis was a finalist in 2019 and Davis was a finalist in 2018. A case can really be made for all three this season. Gobert did pretty much the same thing he did the last two seasons and the Jazz continue to play winning basketball. Giannis' steals and blocks dipped from 1.3 and 1.5 last season to 1.0 and 1.0 this season but he was the league leader in both defensive rating and defensive win shares. Anthony Davis' addition to the Lakers has transformed them from out-of-playoffs to number one seed in the West.
Source: Ira Winderman