Unstoppable, Rudy Gobert very close to a huge all-time record!
Despite criticism that is sometimes negatively disproportionate to what he brings to the court, Rudy Gobert traces his path and never stops extending his CV. In recent hours, the native of Saint-Quentin has also grabbed a very high place in history. Hat.
Impervious to criticism (or almost), it moves forward. At nearly 30 years old, Rudy Gobert is a confirmed All-Star in the NBA, the defensive centerpiece of a title contender. But he is not satisfied. Ignoring the controversies, gossip and sometimes a certain disrespect of his teammates towards him, the Frenchman pursues a double objective: the title of champion, priority, above all… but also an increased individual recognition.
Rudy Gobert with Hakeem Olajuwon in the story
Already selected 3 times in the All-Star Game and winner of the title of Defender of the Year as many times, Gobert had the honor of being named a finalist for the DPOY for the 6th time in his career. This new appointment places him very high in the hierarchy, as relayed by a Jazz fan in the tweet below:
Today, @rudygobert27 was named a finalist for DPOY for the 6th time. That ties him with Hakeem, only behind Mutombo (9). Regardless if he wins, he’s one of the best this game has ever seen. Don’t take his greatness for granted. We get to watch a legend play every night.
— Jeff Biesinger 🌹 (@jandmplus6) April 18, 2022
Rudy Gobert has been named a finalist for Defender of the Year for the sixth time. He thus equals Hakeem Olajuwon, and is only behind Dikembe Mutombo (9). Whether he wins or not, he is one of the best in history in this area. Don’t take his greatness for granted. We see a legend play every night.
Jeff Biesinger’s words are his own, but what is indisputable here is the weight of the numbers. This 6th nomination places Gobert at a very high altitude among the greatest defenders in history, especially since the Frenchman still has many good years ahead of him to add a little more to an already very copious CV.
It now remains to be seen whether the Frenchman, already a triple winner of the DPOY, will add a 4th award to his list. If he succeeds, he will equal Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace for the rank of the 2 most successful all-time players, but the deal could be difficult. Mikal Bridges and Marcus Smart are the two other finalists who are opposed to Rudy, and the competition promises to be fierce.
Bridges, in particular, is acclaimed by several journalists but also several players. Josh Hart and Damian Lillard, for example, have publicly supported him, and it is possible that the winger will also benefit from the excellent season of the Suns, who are aiming for a raid of individual trophies. Patience, therefore, before the verdict…
Rudy Gobert continues to chart his course, and polish his reputation among the greatest all-time defenders. Will he be able to get Dikembe Mutombo’s nomination record? This is obviously all the harm we wish our Frenchie.