Rudy Gobert unfairly tackled in a US media: « A shame… »


French NBA star pivot Rudy Gobert, here in the colors of the Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves (DR)

Despite a track record that would make many of his counterparts salivate, Rudy Gobert unfortunately retains an easy target label in the NBA sphere. The French pivot has just been attacked again by being included in a less than rosy ranking.

Biannual meetings often eagerly awaited by its participants, they can also allow some to take a breath of fresh air and regain confidence. The major international competitions indeed offer a good platform to regain momentum following a more difficult period in the club. As such, Rudy Gobert must be impatient to compete in the upcoming World Cup with the France team.

Except disaster or improbable surprise, the tricolor pivot should indeed be part of Vincent Collet’s group for the tournament and defend the racket of the Blues there. A mission that he risks taking head-on after his tough first season at the Timberwolves. The subject of much criticism for his performance in his new franchise, he unfortunately continues downgrades within the NBA.

Rudy Gobert still loaded on his XXL contract

Among the recurring reproaches he has to suffer on the networks, Gobert is regularly targeted for his salary, which he does not deserve according to his detractors. Paid just over $38 million in recent months by Minnesota, the Stifle Tower has once again paid the price in recent hours. The American media HoopsHype has indeed listed her in its ranking… of the most overpaid players in the league:

Actual value : $17,506,736
Actual salary for the 2022-23 season: $38,172,414

In 12th place in the ranking of the most overpaid players for the 2022-23 season is Wolves big man Rudy Gobert, who was overpaid by $20.7 million according to our algorithm calculating his real value.

His fit in Minnesota alongside the player who ranks right behind him in this list (spoiler alert) has been tricky at best, which is a shame considering teammate Anthony Edwards was in the top spots on our rankings. of the most underpaid players. Suffice to say that Minnesota spoils Edwards’ ultra-profitable contract a bit given the salaries of its two pivots.

As a reminder, Gobzilla inherited his current contract in 2020, when he had not yet won his 3rd Defender of the Year title. Needless to say, he didn’t steal the money he was offered, or force Wolves to lure him to Minneapolis almost a year ago now. Displaying it in this way on an economic level is therefore cruel, not to mention the fact of including it on the cover of the article of the said classification.

Although he has in no way usurped the star status he has in the NBA, nor the salary that accompanies it, Rudy Gobert continues to be targeted on this point. And to think that his contract runs until 2026… the Frenchman will have to be mentally strong by then!


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