The Top 25 Players in the NBA Right Now

22. Rudy Gobert

People love to nitpick at Gobert as to what he can’t do on the basketball court. There’s a narrative where people assume Utah is worse with him on the floor in the playoffs. However, from an analytics standpoint, that narrative is false. Utah is actually better with Gobert — and for legitimate reason.

He’s consistently proven to be one of the league’s very best in terms of shot blocking and protecting the paint. He allows the Jazz to freelance a bit on defense — knowing that the gigantic big man is prowling the baseline ready to erase anything coming his way. When you throw in his efficiency from a field-goal conversion standpoint, you’re looking at a premier big man in a league with few of them.

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