Rudy Gobert Makes Huge Impression as France Shocks Spain

September 10th, 2014 | by Andy Larsen
Gobert dunks in a regular season game in 2013-14. Will he get more playing time this season? (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Gobert dunks in a regular season game in 2013-14. Will he get more playing time this season? (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert won game MVP honors from ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla after a 5 point, 13 rebound performance as France shocked FIBA World Cup hosts Spain. Gobert played the entirety of the 4th quarter for France, and was a big factor in holding Spain to just 9 points in the 4th quarter, garnering 7 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal in that quarter alone.

Overall, Gobert played 23 minutes, the most action he’s seen in any game of the tournament thus far. Previously, Gobert had been averaging just 14 minutes per game, but his defensive performance as France went on the game-defining run forced French coach Vincent Collet to keep Gobert out on the floor.

Like his fellow countrymen, Gobert was proud to upset Spain, saying after the game “Spain had everything to lose. They have great players, but they are still humans.” Impressively, Gobert’s performance came against FIBA’s best backcourt, featuring NBA stars Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka.

Here’s Gobert’s 4th quarter block on Pau Gasol:

And here’s some reaction from around the internet on Gobert’s great game:


We’ll have more a more detailed breakdown of Gobert’s game coming soon on Salt City Hoops.

Andy Larsen

Andy Larsen

Andy Larsen is the Managing Editor of Salt City Hoops, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Utah Jazz. He also hosts a radio show and podcast every week on ESPN700 AM in Salt Lake City.
Andy Larsen


  1. Mewko says:

    Stifle Tower strikes again!
    This will be exciting, competitive, frontcourt this year, it’ll be a dogfight for the last starting spot for bigmen, between Kanter, Booker, and Gobert.

    When Gobert came to workout in Utah prior to the 2013 draft, he impressed the Jazz, and totally owned Gorqui Dieng at the workout. Then Dieng showed good flashes in the season, summer league, and FIBA World Cup. This will be a fun rivalry to watch, both players fighting for playing time on their rebuilding teams.

  2. JazzHype says:

    Should be front court, not back court. Back court is the guard line.

    Thanks for the Vine. Watched it several times.

  3. john williams says:

    Rudy GEEEE!
    Well played ball game, an enjoyable ball game. Rudy GEEE! on the boards defending the the hoop
    he looked better against the Gasol bros. than he did against Ante Tomic. Looking forward to having
    Rudy GEEE! back in Utah. Long may you play.

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