Name : Rudy Gobert
Job : Professional Basketball Player
Height : 7ft 1in
Weight : 260lb
Born : June 26, 1992
Franchise : Utah Jazz
NBA Draft : 2013
Highlights and Awards :
NBA DPOY (2018, 2019)
All-NBA Second Team (2017)
All-NBA Third Team (2019)
All-NBA Defensive First Team (2017, 2018 & 2019)
Bronze Medal Basketball World Cup (2014 & 2019)
Bronze Medal Basketball Euro Cup (2015)
Born in Saint-Quentin in the Aisne region, Rudy started playing basketball in 2003 at the age of 11. He then joined the Cholet Basket training centre in 2007. Faced with a late growth that slowed his development in his early years, he already showed above-average mental qualities, which have become one of his trademarks.
During his High Scool years at Cholet Basketball, he started to win his first titles with a French Espoir Champion title in 2010 and a Bronze medal at the European Espoir Basketball Championship in 2011.
Then it was the beginning of Rudy's professional career with Cholet Basket, where he played two full seasons between 2011 and 2013 before running for the Draft NBA, finishing as the best Pro A blocker in 2012-2013 (1.7 blocks per game on average).
In June 2013, Rudy was selected in the first round of the Draft NBA in 27th position by the Denver Nuggets. He was immediately traded and joined the Utah Jazz. This is the founding act of the loving relationship that binds Rudy and Jazz today, of which he has become the leader over the years. Constantly improving, he first established himself as a defensively dominant player before improving his scoring skills and becomng the second offensive option of Jazz behind Donovan Mitchell.
This progress is reflected both in the recognition of his peers - selection for the Rising Star Challenge in 2015, NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 - and in his sporting progress, with participation in the NBA Play-Offs in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Rudy also succeeded as a member of the French Team with two bronze medals won at the 2014 World Cup and 2015 European Championships, as well as a participation in the 2016 Olympic Games.
Big Man but not only, leader of Utah Jazz and the French Team, Rudy has his best years ahead of him to write the rest of his story.