Rudy Gobert focused on offensive improvement
"Those are my two main focuses," Gobert said, in addition to "getting stronger, improving [his] lower-body strength and working on [his] quickness." He hopes to "show even more" offensively now that Gordon Hayward and George Hill left in free agency, and it shouldn't be hard for Gobert to increase his 16.7 percent usage rate from the 2016-17 season.
Lindsey: Jazz to build around Rudy Gobert
"We feel like we can build defensively around Rudy Gobert," Lindsey said. "We look at him, and he's a top 10 player and unique defender. So we wanted to build a team around his talents." Lindsey added that he wants to showcase Gobert's ability, so the 25-year-old big man seems poised for a career year as the clear franchise player. If he can keep improving from the free throw line, there's no reason why he can't be a top-10 fantasy player -- he shot 65.3 percent from the stripe last season.
Gobert, Kawhi and Dray for DPOY
These are the only three options here with each having some clear strengths over the others. Gobert is the best rim protector in the league, Kawhi is as good as it gets on the perimeter, and no player is better at team defense than Draymond. This will likely be one of the closest awards on June 26.
NBA announces All-NBA second team
The Stifle Tower had a massive breakout year as an elite roll man to go with arguably the best rim protection in the league. Somehow, Gobert didn't make the All-Star team, which is another reason why we can't take All-Star Game voting seriously. If Gobert can put it together at the free throw line, he could reach truly elite fantasy value.
Gobert won't play with French national team
Gobert suffered a minor knee injury in the first round of the 2017 postseason vs. the Clippers and cited that as one of the reasons he declined playing for Team France. "It was a tough decision for me. But there's my recent knee injury in playoffs, the long season, discussions with my club... I need to work on my body this summer," said Gobert.
Boris Diaw will start ahead of Joe Johnson Saturday
Coach Quin Snyder decided to take Joe Johnson out of the starting lineup for Game 3. He's played at least 29 minutes in every game he's come off the bench this season though, so he should still have a sizeable workload. Diaw has seen his playing time decrease over the course of the playoffs. Even though he'll start, he may be stuck around the 20-minute mark or below. Rudy Gobert does better with Diaw on the court and Johnson off, he's averaged 1.15 FD ppm this season, an increase of 0.09.
Rudy Gobert goes for 21 and 15 in loss to GSW
He was exceptional at times during this game, but the Warriors simply have too much firepower. Gobert's offensive game has had several bright spots and he's way ahead of the curve as a pick-and-roll player. His passing also probably doesn't get talked about enough either. If Gobert can start to make free throws consistently, his upside is sky high in reality and in fantasy.
Rudy Gobert pulled down 17+ rebounds in all three meetings with Warriors this season
The Jazz center fouled out in 13 minutes in Game 7 and he hasn't put up more than 38 FD points in the postseason. On top of that, he costs $9.600 on FanDuel, he's dealing with an ankle injury, and the Jazz are currently 13-point underdogs. Considering everything, his ownership should be pretty low tonight on FD, which makes him an interesting contrarian tournament option. In addition to some excellent rebounding, he averaged 16.0 points and 1.7 blocks against Golden State this year. He's going to have to score more and add some blocks, but he's capable of doing that and he offers the highest ceiling among the centers available on FD tonight. Of course, Al Horford has been excellent in the playoffs and he's a great target. However, he'll likely come with high ownership along with Marcin Gortat. Horford is shooting a bit over his head as he's converted 62.7% of his attempts after making 47.3% during the regular season. Gortat dropped 16 points in Game 1 and he could get an extended run with Morris hobbled up, but he's shown his downside when he made exactly one basket in four consecutive games leading up to their first matchup against the Wizards. While both centers make sense as top options, if looking to differentiate lineups in GPPs, Gobert could be a nice high-risk/high-reward pivot on FanDuel. Over at DraftKings, Gobert is $500 cheaper than Horford and $600 less than Draymond Green, so the ownership advantage won't be as significant - even so, he probably won't be over-owned. He isn't as safe as those guys but his upside may be worth the risk.
Rudy Gobert (ankle) will start Sunday, as expected
The Jazz center suffered a mild sprain in Game 6 but he's going to start this afternoon in Los Angeles. There's some added risk involved with Gobert today as he's only had one day to rehab the injury. Over the past two games, he’s turned in 1.13 DK ppm, a slight 0.03 bump above his season average and his usage rate jumped 4.0% to 21.0%.
Rudy Gobert (ankle) fouls out in 13 minutes
Gobert was a complete no-show in this one, going 0-of-1 from the field and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe, but Utah still pulled out the win with their suffocating defense. Gobert's bum ankle didn't appear to be much of an issue at all, and now he'll have until Tuesday to rest up for Game 1 against the Warriors, so he should be just fine moving forward.