Rudy Gobert might not quite yet have the domineering presence his predecessors such as Mark Eaton and Karl Malone had at Utah, however, the light looks very bright at the end of the Eurotunnel as the French center is beginning to look like the real deal with back to back NBA All-Defensive First Team honors. The 2013 NBA Draft pick, who registered a then NBA record wingspan of 7 feet 9 inches at the NBA Combine, also has an NBA Defensive Player of the Year award to his name, which is a testament to his contributions on the court as well as his talent.
Rudy Gobert was born on the 26th of June, 1992 in Saint-Quentin, France where he was raised. As a child, Gobert was said to be an excellent student whose only flaw was his aggression which got him into a lot of trouble in school. By the time he was 10, however, he fell in love with the game of basketball and channeled all his energy to the sport.
In 2003, Gobert began playing for JSC St-Quentin club before later having to move away from home to Cholet in 2007. Gobert continued to learn the ropes of the game playing for the Cholet basketball junior team and in 2010, he got the opportunity to represent France at the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championships where he finished as his country’s best scorer and rebounder. After this tournament, Cholet promoted him to the senior team for the 2010-11 season where he only managed just one appearance. In the following year, however, Gobert became a mainstay in the side, playing a total of 29 games from which he averaged 4.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. For the 2012-13 season, Gobert showed progression by averaging 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 27 games.
After that season, Rudy Gobert declared for the 2013 NBA Draft where he was selected with the 27th overall pick by the Denver Nuggets although he was immediately traded to the Utah Jazz.
NBA Career Profile
Rudy Gobert’s rookie season in the NBA was split between the Jazz and NBA Development League side, the Bakersfield Jam. He made a total of 45 appearances in the NBA that year, averaging 2.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. In his second season, Gobert proved he was not above his head in the NBA after he showed immense improvements that earned him third place on the voting list for the NBA Most Improved Player Award. He started 37 of the 82 games he appeared in and averaged 8.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game which came along with 25 double-doubles.
In the 2015-16 season, Gobert averaged 9.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. The Jazz then went on to reward their man with a four-year $102 million contract extension at the beginning of the 2016-17 season. By the end of that season, Gobert had become a beast in the paint as he led the league in blocks per game with an average of 2.6. He further averaged 14.0 points and 12.8 rebounds to earn All-NBA Second Team honors as well as NBA All-Defensive First Team honors.
In the 2017-18 season, despite missing a good number of regular season games due to injury, Rudy Gobert was again named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team and was also named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 13.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
Rudy Gobert Parents
Rudy Gobert was born to a Guadeloupian father, Rudy Bourgarel and a French mother, Corinne Gobert. His parents were not married so Gobert, who was named after his father, adopted his mother’s surname. By the time Gobert was three years of age, his parents ended their relationship and he was left alone to be raised by his mother along with his two older half-siblings.
Gobert has his father to thank for his athletic genes since he was a professional basketball player. Bourgarel attended Marist College in New York with whom he featured in the NCAA tournament. After graduating from college, he was said to have returned to France where he did a year of military service before embarking on a professional basketball career in Europe that lasted a decade. In addition to representing the French national team, Bourgarel was said to have played for teams like Racing CF, Saint Quentin, and Toulouse ASPTT.
Who is His Girlfriend?
Ask an average American girl what country her ideal boyfriend should come from and there is more than an 80 percent chance that she would say France because Paris is the supposed city of love and romance. With that, Rudy Gobert should not have an issue in seeking out who to settle with, but for some reasons unknown to the public, the Utah Jazz player is said to be very much single.
Gobert’s name has however been in the past floated around socialite and former Jamaican beauty queen Bianca Fairchild but that looked to only be a rumor as the pair are not an item.
Rudy Gobert is very far from being the tallest player to ever play in the NBA although he does have a very impressive height of 7 feet 1 inch or 2.16 m. His weight is listed at 245 pounds or 111 kg while his wingspan is 7 feet 9 inches or 2.40 m and standing reach is 9 feet 7 inches or 2.92 m.