Rookie Rudy Gobert is at Utah Jazz training camp right now after being selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The 21-year-old played three seasons in France before coming to the NBA and it seems pretty clear that he will wind up making the Jazz’s final roster for the 2013-2014 season.
The most impressive thing when it comes to Gobert is the potential when you look at his frame. He stands at an impressive 7’1”, but also has an unbelievable wingspan to go along with that height. He weighs in at just 235 pounds right now, which is a problem if he plans to play the center position. However, with his age, his body is still growing and something that the team can work to add muscle to.
In terms of skill, though, Gobert still has a long way to go before he’s a totally effective NBA center. In 27 games while playing in France last year, he averaged just 8.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 22.7 minutes per game, though he did shoot an impressive 73.6 percent from the floor.
At the Las Vegas Summer League with the Jazz, Gobert looked much less effective than he did in Europe. In five Summer League games he averaged 5.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game while shooting 52.6 percent from the floor.
The good thing about Gobert is that he knows his limitations as a player at this point in his career and doesn’t try to do much on the offensive end of the floor. His length allows him to perform well defensively which will only improve with more experience as he picks up the intricacies of playing defense in the league.
As far as this season goes, though, the Jazz and their fans shouldn’t expect much from Gobert. He will likely play extremely limited minutes behind Enes Kanter and will likely struggle to be effective on either end of the floor because of his lack of bulk. It might be a rough transition to the NBA this year, but the future still seems rather bright for Gobert.