Without a doubt, the most underrated/underappreciated team in the NBA this season has been the Utah Jazz, as the young, incredibly talented group is quietly one of the league’s best and brightest.
While their greatness has understandably been diluted by the fact that the Western Conference is essentially a two-team race between the impeccably great Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, the Jazz have produced quite a bit of excitement this season.
And center Rudy Gobert is a primary reason why. The French big man is one of the more prominent members of the new generation of versatile big men with guard-like abilities. When Kevin Garnett burst onto the scene a little over two decades ago with that style of play, it was revolutionary. Now, with the Eiffel Tower and the Greek Freak tearing up the hardwood, it is the norm.
Gobert fully showcased his uncanny passing acumen in Utah’s 102-92 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday. Gobert had himself a monster game, hauling in 20 rebounds to go with his 15 points. His biggest contribution, however, might have been the play of the game.
With a sick no-look pass to Derrick Favors, his partner in crime down low, Gobert looked more like Hall of Fame Jazz point guard Pete Maravich than a 7’1” center. Favors capitalized off of the pass by throwing down a reverse slam to give Gobert an assist and solidify it as the play of the day.
Point Gobert showing us some things 👀 pic.twitter.com/ZVXfJHAwCs
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 26, 2017
Quickly developing into one of the NBA’s top big men, Favors has the Jazz primed to compete for an NBA title in the near future, and his versatility epitomized by that highlight is definitely helping his cause in doing so.