Is Rudy Gobert the next Bill Russell? The Jazz sure hope so

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  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    March 18, 2017 9:49 a.m.

    As Booker memorably said, "Kanter got his stats, but he took the L as always." Kanter could score, but that was it. And Gobert is starting to score a fair amount too.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    March 18, 2017 8:42 a.m.

    I like the comparison of Bill Russell and Rudy. I also watched Russell play, starting in the mid-1960s. He was the most tenacious rebounder I've ever seen, and he was slim compared to other centers and had very long arms. Russell was never much of a scorer away from the rim, but he could really run the floor. If Rudy gets close to as good as Russell was, he will be a perennial All-Star. If I was going to start an NBA squad today with any players in NBA history, I would either start it with Bill Russell or Magic Johnson.

  • Quietwalker , Al Qassim
    March 18, 2017 8:26 a.m.

    Rudy may not be there yet but he is very Russellesque in his play. I grew up as a Bob Cousy fan and watched the Celtics regularly. Rudy moves with the same fluidity and drive Bill did. His offensive game is right now on par with Bills. Russell was never offensively gifted, but his defensive acumen ws off the charts. Rudy will evolve into a 20-20 man down the road. Teams hate to play vs him? DPOY

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    March 18, 2017 8:04 a.m.

    He needs to stay grounded is a great suggestion. Probably one of the biggest problems with players is THEY think they are so great. Step by step lets see what Rudy does. People say Mike Jordan is the greatest basketball player ever. Not so fast. Wilt the stilt caused more rule changes than any other player. Bill Russell has eleven rings a handful more than MJ. I will give MJ the credit for the greatest shooting guard. Thank you Jody for a excellent article.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    March 17, 2017 11:42 p.m.

    While it may have been nice to have Enis Kanter for his scoring, I would take Rudy any day over him. Rudy comes ready to play every day. Kanter simply didn't want to be here, and it showed. Rudy has become a very important part of something that could be very special.