Rudy Gobert is one of the most celebrated, and iconic players in the NBA. He is popularly known for his agility, tactical shots, intense tackles, and defensive blocks. The French international is, without a doubt, one of the most impactful athletes in the NBA.
The two times NBA Defensive Player of the Year currently plays for Utah Jazz. He has also represented France in several international competitions before. He plays at the center position.
Rudy Gobert profile summary
- Birth name: Rudy Gobert Bourgarel
- Nickname: Gobzilla or The Stifle Tower
- Date of birth: June 26th, 1992
- Rudy Gobert birthday: June 26th
- Rudy Gobert age: 27 years
- Zodiac sign: Cancer
- Birthplace: Saint-Quentin, France
- Rudy Gobert nationality: France
- Occupation: A basketball player
- Years active: 2010 - present
- Ethnicity: Afro-American
- S*xual orientation: Straight
- Rudy Gobert height: 7 feet 1 inches or 2.16 m
- Weight: 245 pounds or 111 kg
- Eye color: Black
- Hair color: Black
- Rudy Gobert parents: Connie Gobert and Rudy Bourgarel
Rudy Gobert biography
The professional basketball player was born on June 26th, 1992, in Saint-Quentin, Aisne, in France. He is the son of Connie Gobert and Rudy Bourgarel, his mother and father, respectively. His father played for the French national team in the 1980s.
He studied at Marist College in New York.
Rudy Gobert stats and illustrious career
He was raised in his native town, where he started playing basketball in 2003 for the JSC St-Quentin club and later joined Saint-Quentin BB. To develop his career further, he joined Cholet Basket's cadet.
In 2010, Rudy Gobert was part of the French under 18 national team, which took part in the FIBA under-18 Championship. In the tournament, the athlete finished as the team's best scorer and rebounder. So far, he boasts of impressive stats both at the club level and international level.
Cholet basket career
Between 2009 and 2011, the celebrated player featured mostly for the junior team of Cholet Basket, and only played one game for the senior side in 2010-11. The following season he featured regularly for the senior side and managed to register an average of 3.6 rebounds and 4.2 points per game. In his third season at the club, he played 27 games and averaged 5.4 rebounds and 8.4 points.
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz career and stats
During the 2013-14 season, Rudy joined the 2013 NBA draft. While there, he was selected as the Denver Nuggets 27th overall pick.
He was later traded to Utah Jazz, and upon signing an agreement with the team, he appeared for the team in the 2013 NBA summer league. Of all the eighty-two matches played by Utah Jazz that particular season, he featured in only forty-two of them.
In 2014-15, his exemplary performance saw the club extend his contract till 2015-16. During the 2015-16 season, he managed 25 double-doubles and was voted third in the Most Improved Player of the Year voting. His contract was again extended to 2016-17, but unfortunately, he sustained an injury which ruled him out the games indefinitely.
The athlete returned to action on January 7th, 2016, against Houston Rockets. Even though he played for only fifteen minutes, he managed to record three rebounds and six points. During the 2016-17 season, the basketball player penned a contract of four years with Utah Jazz.
The mouth-watering contract made him the highest-paid French basketball star in regard to salary per year.
International debut and career
Other than being a star at the club level, the French professional has extended his magnificent display to the international arena. He has been a regular player for the French national team since 2011.
He won bronze for his side during the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship and silver the following year during the same tournament. He was also part of the team which participated in the FIBA World Cup in 2014 as well as in 2019. In both events, France won bronze.
In 2015, he helped his national team scoop bronze in the EuroBasket 2015. He was also part of the team which represented France in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Awards and achievements
Rudy Gobert Defensive Player of the Year awards are some of the most notable achievements in his professional career. Other Rudy Gobert awards are as follows.
- All-NBA Second Team in 2017
- All-NBA Third Team in 2019
- NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2017 to 2019
- NBA blocks leader in 2017
What is Rudy Gobert net worth 2020?
The 2020 NBA All-Star is worth a whopping $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The seven seasons he has been in the NBA has helped him make this jaw-dropping amount of money. In 2013, he signed a two-year contract worth $2.2 million with Utah Jazz.
Three years later, he agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $102 million with the same club. He is the second-highest-paid player at the club after Mike Conley. Additionally, he also makes money from endorsement deals with various brands.
Rudy Gobert latest news
Rudy Gobert coronavirus infection is one of the latest debacles that has rocked the sporting world. As the disease continues to cause sleepless nights across the globe, several new cases are being reported every dawning day. So far, 14 cases of the virus have been confirmed in the National Basketball Association.
According to The Washington Post, Jazz's star Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to tested positive for the virus on March 11th. His results came shortly before their match against the Thunder in Oklahoma City. As a result of the unfolding, the game was stopped, and the season suspended indefinitely.
The athlete admits that after being diagnosed, he has gone through fear, anxiety, and embarrassment. He is, however, thankful to his supporter for the overwhelming support they showed him.
He went further to voice his apology to the public and the people he may have endangered and confessed that he had no idea about the infection. His apology stemmed from an incident on March 9th in which he joked with members of the media. As he did so, he ensured that he touched their recording devices and microphones they had placed before him.
In a gesture of an apology, the athlete donated $500,000 to assist people affected by the virus and related closures. He gave $200,000 to part-time employees of the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, whose jobs were affected following the NBA's decision to suspend its season indefinitely.
Additionally, he donated $100,000 each to support the virus-related social service in Utah as well as Oklahoma. Another $111,000 to his home country France.
Rudy Gobert Twitter and social media platforms
The celebrated basketball player is an active member of the social media family. He has an incredible following both on Twitter and Instagram. You can follow him using the links below.
- Rudy Gobert Instagram: @rudygobert27
- Twitter account: @rudygobert27
Rudy Gobert is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated NBA players at the moment. He is indeed a role model for many around the globe.