There’s no questioning that Gordon Hayward took a major leap forward this season, but perhaps even more impressive were the strides that Rudy Gobert took. He went from an unrefined player who struggled to catch the ball and contribute offensively to a guy who is in the conversation for All-NBA honors.
And the best news? Gobert spent a large portion of his interview talking about how he only plans to get better and improve his game. If he can continue to make the strides that he did this year, there’s no telling what Rudy’s ceiling could be.
Given that Gobert is locked in on the Jazz roster longer than any other player, most of the focus in his comments was on how he plans to contribute and where he sees this Jazz team going. However, he did mention how much he’d love for Gordon to stay in Utah and continue to grow together on a team that Rudy has committed to for the long-term.
Gobert reiterated that Hayward wanted to win and alluded to the fact that Utah’s current situation could provide him with an excellent opportunity to do just that. Rudy was also optimistic about the future, not only as it related to Hayward, but to the team as a whole as he confidently stated that he felt that getting 60 wins next season would be well within reach.
Gobert’s current contract has him locked in until the 2020-21 season, making him a sure cornerstone of this team for years to come. Hopefully he along with his teammates can help convince Hayward to not give that up and he will join Gobert as one of those long-term pieces as well.