As expected, Rudy Gobert was selected for the third consecutive year at the All-Star Game. League coaches retained him as a substitute in the Western Conference.
Three in a row for Rudy Gobert. Author of his best career season and essential to the good performance of the Jazz, in great difficulty as soon as he is not there, the tricolor interior was retained by the coaches of the League for the All-Star Game which is will play on February 13 in Cleveland. A logical choice after all for the one who averages 16 points, 15.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks this season, which makes him the best rebounder and the second best blocker in the League.
Rudy Gobert is not the only Jazz player to have been selected since Donovan Mitchell has also been selected, as well as Devin Booker and Chris Paul for the Suns, Draymond Green on the Warriors side, Karl-Anthony Towns for the Wolves and Luka Doncic at the Mavs. In the Eastern Conference, Cavs player Darius Garland will have the chance to play in front of his home crowd, James Harden (Brooklyn), Zach LaVine (Chicago), Jimmy Butler (Miami), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee), Jayson Tatum (Boston) and Fred VanVleet (Toronto) rounding out the cast.
He gets closer to Parker
The fourteen chosen, appointed by the coaches, join the ten players selected by the votes of fans, players and journalists: in the West, LeBron James (Lakers), Stephen Curry (Warriors), Nikola Jokic (Denver), Ja Morant ( Memphis) and Andrew Wiggins Warriors); in the East, Kevin Durant (Brooklyn), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee), Joel Embiid (Sixers), DeMar DeRozan (Chicago) and Trae Young (Atlanta). LeBron James and Kevin Durant having received the most votes, they have been named captains and will choose their teammates next Thursday regardless of the conference from which they come. Injured in the knee, Kevin Durant should not be on the ground. And it will be the same for Draymond Green, who has already withdrawn. Charge to Adami Silver, the commissioner of the League, to designate their two replacements.
This third All-Star Game selection allows Rudy Gobert to enter a little more into the annals of French basketball. He surpasses the two selections of Joakim Noah (2013, 2014) and approaches Tony Parker, six All-Star Games to his credit (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014).