Rudy Gobert Traded to Utah Jazz: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'Brien@@DanielO_BRFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Rudy Gobert is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
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With the 27th pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Denver Nuggets selected Rudy Gobert from France and subsequently traded him to the Utah Jazz for the No. 46 pick and cash.

Here's everything you need to know about Gobert: 

Physical Tools

Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Gobert's physical attributes:

Gobert's draft stock is driven entirely by his physical tools. He actually has some tools that we've never seen before. At 7'2'' in shoes, Gobert registers an unprecedented 7'9'' wingspan, outrageous measurements both vertically and horizontally. Between his height and length, Gobert can cover a ton of ground, which is made easier by the fact that he's mobile and athletic. 

He moves really well up and down the floor, and has the lift that allows him to play above the rim. Gobert is also quite coordinated. He can catch high lobs on the move and finish in one fluid motion.


Getting to Know Rudy Gobert

Gobert knows that he's raw, but he's excited about what he can bring to the NBA. He realizes it will take a bunch of work in several areas for him to become a formidable center, but he still wants to be the best big man coming out of this draft class.


NBA Player Comparison

Not many 7-footers are as agile as Gobert, so his upside translates to a more formidable edition of Andris Biedrins in his prime, just because their styles are so similar.

Gobert's worst-case comparison is widely considered to be Hasheem Thabeet, and although that might not be 100 percent accurate, it's about as close as it gets size-wise and impact-wise. 


Pro Predictions

At this stage in his development, Gobert is simply too raw to be a valuable piece as a rookie (or even a sophomore, for that matter).

As he learns and perfects more ways to take advantage of his length on offense, he will become more useful on a regular basis. He'll also struggle early in his career simply because he has a slender frame and won't be able to generate power against the league's most powerful bigs.

Gobert might see scarce minutes in his rookie season, but by the time his third campaign arrives, he could see upward of 20 minutes as a beneficial asset.