The next level: After seeing minimal playing time as a rookie, Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert looks to improve his game

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  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 19, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    Mostly hogwash.

    Gobert is 245lbs. That is not small. Favors is close to that. Kanter when he was all ripped for his greek god pics on Twitter was in the low 240's.

    Rudy just needs minutes to let him learn the NBA game and improve his technique.

    Every time they put him on the floor, including against good opposition when our other bigs were injured or in foul trouble, the entire complexion of the other teams offense changed. They immediately had tremendous difficulty scoring.

    Rudy is raw and could use some strengthening (who couldn't) but he needs minutes to learn for example when you start working/preventing post position. Other bigs just come down and get position rather than him starting to push them out when they hit the top of the key. Lower body strength helps sure but technique is key.

    His hand strength needs some work. He got stripped of the ball too often. Offense? He is mobile enough that a decent PG should be able to lob 2 baskets a game and let him dunk. Then 6-10 points on rebounds, putbacks, and beating the other Center down the court for easy buckets.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    May 18, 2014 7:19 p.m.

    Rudy Gobert should have played a lot more last season. Unfortunately, it never dawned on Corbin that he should have given a lot more playing time players like Rudy Gobert and Jeremy Evans. Players who are actually going to be on the team this upcoming season.

    As Jazz fans, we understood that last season was going to be a difficult one. That's why it was so frustrating to watch the Jazz fritter away another season with little to show in the way of player development, Alec Burks and Evans being the exceptions. Most of which I attribute to them personally, not to Corbin.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    May 18, 2014 6:51 p.m.

    Remember the Utah Jazz coach who said, "You can't teach big", or something like that. I think the Jazz really have something great with Gobert as center. Give him a year or two. The Jazz will be back, mark my words.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    May 18, 2014 6:43 p.m.

    Go, big guy, make the Jazz organization and us fans proud. Become a better offensive player and as good a defensive player as Mark Eaton was. You can be the one player the Jazz have lacked for years to win the championship.