Will Rudy Gobert earn his first NBA All-Star citation? The basketball world will find out soon enough.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe made a case for Gobert while naming his picks for All-Star players, listing the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year as a reserve lock for the Western Conference.
Voting for this year’s NBA All-Stars ended Monday, and TNT will announce the starters on Thursday, with the reserves revealed on Jan. 31.
“Utah fans seem worried Gobert won't get in. That would be nuts. He's averaging 15 and 13, and shooting 66 percent — best in the league. His assists are up, and his turnovers are down. He's a one-man defense, but not a one-way player,” Lowe wrote.
Lowe then points out that Gobert is improving on defense, saying the veteran center looks more comfortable on that end.
“Having Gobert amounts to foisting the worst possible mathematical shot selection upon every opponent. It is like starting every game up 6-0. Utah has allowed only 100.3 points per 100 possessions with Gobert on the floor, almost four points stingier than the best overall team defense, per NBA.com,” Lowe wrote.
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game is Feb. 17 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
Van Noy the ‘unsung hero’
The New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, and defensively, they can thank former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy for his big contributions in the Patriots’ 37-31 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game.
Van Noy had 10 tackles and a pair of sacks in the contest, including a strip sack of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, while routinely getting pressure throughout the game.
That effort caused one national publication to call Van Noy the Patriots’ unsung hero of the AFC championship game.
“Kyle Van Noy, man, he was very, very impactful up the middle, a big reason why you saw Patrick Mahomes under pressure for most of that day,” 247Sports’ Tyler Sullivan said in a video posted on Yahoo! Sports.Comment on this story
Up next for the Patriots is a Super Bowl LIII matchup against the Los Angeles Rams on Feb. 3, where Van Noy will try to win a second ring.
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And finally …
On Tuesday, a pair of Vivint Smart Home commercials hit social media, showing off the acting skills of several Utah Jazz players. The videos featured Gobert's home security system and a love of cats.
So, which video was better?