Utah Jazz: 2019-20 Midseason report card for Rudy Gobert

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 06: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz reacts against the New Orleans Pelicans during a game at the Smoothie King Center on January 06, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

At the 2019-20 NBA season’s midway point, few (if any) players have been more dominant for the Utah Jazz than Rudy Gobert.

The Utah Jazz are fortunate to have two All-Star caliber players leading their team in Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Each is tremendous in his own way, and it will likely be a long-held debate among both Jazz fans and supporters of other squads which player is truly the best on the team.

That’s a conversation for another day, though, as on this occasion, we’ll simply be evaluating how Rudy Gobert has performed at the season’s midway mark. Whether or not one considers him ahead of or behind Donovan Mitchell, there’s no denying that he is the anchor of Utah’s defense and arguably their most important player overall in terms of fitting with Utah’s system and making everything work.

Though he’s mainly known for his defense, Gobert’s impact on offense is also phenomenal as he serves as an efficient roll-man, a prolific screen assist guy and an excellent finisher in the paint capable of going well above the rim and commanding the opposition’s attention in the key.

With that backdrop, let’s dive in a little further and evaluate just how steady Gobert has been overall so far this year.

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