Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel (born June 26, 1992) is a French professional basketball player of the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Gobert plays at the Centre position and has a monstrous wingspan of 7 feet 8½ inches wide.
He also represents the French national team in their international competitions.
Known for his agility, defensive blocks, and strategic shots.
These are perfectly complimented by his physical characteristics, such as body size and height, which, aside from hard effort, talent, and love for the game, are important qualities that favor the best basketball players.
He is one of the most notable players in the NBA.
Rudy Gobert was born in Saint-Quentin, Aisne, in the north of France.
His father, Rudy Bourgarel, is from Guadeloupe which makes Gobert half-Guadeloupian.
His Father played professionally in France where he met Gobert’s mum Corinne Gobert.
The two later separated when Rudy was 3 leaving his mum to single handedly take care of her son alone.
He stayed with his mother in Saint-Quentin and made regular trips to Guadeloupe to see his father.
Gobert began his career with JSC St-Quentin before joining Saint-Quentin.
Gobert also trained at the Cholet training center, honing his basketball skills.
Gobert mainly played for the Cholet Basket junior team from 2009 to 2011, with only one game for the senior team in 2010–11.
Gobert declared for the 2013 NBA draft.
Gobert was selected with the 27th overall pick by the Denver Nuggets. He was later traded on draft night to the Utah Jazz.
His physique, which was only equaled a year later by Real Madrid’s Edy Tavares, gave him the nickname ‘The Stifle Tower.’
The Utah Jazz signed Gobert to a four-year, $104 million contract in the 2016-17 season. Gobert’s expensive contract made him the highest-paid French basketball player in terms of annual pay at the time.
Gobert was named the French Player of the Year for 2019.
On December 25, 2018, Gobert recorded a season-high seven blocks in a 117–96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Gobert had become an offensive and defensive anchor for the Jazz through 45 games in the 2019–20 season, averaging 15.7 points and 14.6 rebounds per game.
Gobert was named a Western Conference reserve for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game alongside teammate Donovan Mitchell on January 30, 2020.
Gobert signed a five-year, $205 million contract deal with the Jazz on December 20, 2020. The deal extension for Gobert was the third-biggest in NBA history, and the largest for a center.
Gobert was named a Western Conference reserve for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game alongside teammate Donovan Mitchell on February 23, 2021, marking the pair’s second consecutive All-Star selection.
At the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, Gobert won bronze, and at the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, he won silver.
With the senior team he was part of the team that won the bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
In 2015, he helped France to bronze at the EuroBasket 2015.
He also won the bronze medal with France at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
In the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Gobert guided France to a silver medal, starting in all games.
Who are Rudy Gobert’s Parents?
Rudy Bourgarel is his father and Corinne Gobert is his mother.
What is Rudy Gobert’s Height and wingspan?
Rudy Gobert is 7 feet 1 inches tall (2.16m) and has an incredible wingspan of 7 feet 8½ inches wide.
Well he is not married but he is rumored to be dating his girlfriend Hannah Stocking who is the ex-girlfriend of NBA star Klay Thompson.
He missed nine consecutive games with a left calf strain but has returned to play now