Rudy Gobert has been the main defensive force for the No. 1 team in the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz. Donovan Mitchell has been the team's leading scorer and offensive engine, but their elite defense can be attributed to Gobert. He notably got the game-winning block on Marcus Morris in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers, showing his value.
Shams Charania has reported that Rudy Gobert has won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award once again, putting his total up to three. Gobert's value on the defensive end is immense, and it is an award well deserved.
There is no question that Gobert's defense will continue to be key for the Utah Jazz in the playoffs. As the old saying goes, it is the defense that wins you championships. The Utah Jazz have been overlooked by many fans as a candidate to get to the Finals, with fans viewing teams with immense star power like the Los Angeles Clippers or the Phoenix Suns as their favorites to come out of the Western Conference. The Utah Jazz have a legendary defensive star of their own in Rudy Gobert, and perhaps he can help them win their series against the Clippers.